Since it is the time of year that we often spend thinking about the issue of thankfulness, I thought this might be a good time to write an article I’ve had in my head for a while. It is just something that I do, that I thought others might like to do as well.
For years I have kept what I call my “Thankful Journal”. I get a small, narrow journal and in the front of it I write…
Today I am Thankful for…
Then on the rest of the pages I place the date, then I finish the rest of that sentence. Skip a space, then repeat on the next day. So the journal lasts for a very long time. Here’s an example from my own Thankful Journal:
a fun telephone conversation with an old friend.
See how simple that is? I try to pick it up every day and write at least one thing every day. It is not a “journal” in the long drawn out form. It is literally just the last half of a sentence every day. It doesn’t have to be something big, it can be any thing. And sometimes I forget for a day or two. I try not to, but it happens. And I don’t stress about it. It’s not a chore, it’s a Thankful Journal. 😉
If your budget allows, I recommend getting a pretty little journal that looks like the keepsake that it is. If your budget does not allow, you can use anything, a notebook, anything. Just keep it separate from other journaling, etc. so that the focus remains clear.
In the past I used some lovely journals by Paperblanks. But my latex sensitivity will no longer tolerate the odor of the adhesive in their binding. I then went on the search for something affordable, and latex-free, that was slightly nicer than a plain wire notebook. I found these: (I apologize in advance for the not-so-great image quality.)
They are a Staples brand. I have never seen them on their website, only in stores. They are currently $3.99 for a 3 pack. Which works out to $1.33 each. Which isn’t bad at all for how long they last, when writing just a short half of a sentence each day.
Each 6 x 4 inch mini journal has 80 narrow ruled pages. Several days worth typically fits on each page, so one 3 pack could easily last you 3 years.
While not quite as fancy or durable as my former, hard-bound Paperblanks journals, these are nice and are bound in a way that does not give me asthma attacks – which is a necessity for me.
My point is, even with limitations physical or financial, most can find some nice little book in which to keep a Thankful Journal.
Another option would be to keep a private blog. But for something like this, I prefer a journal, something physical I can hold and look at, and have with me anywhere at any time.
I find it to be a simple, yet worthwhile activity. It makes me consciously stop and make an effort to be thankful each and every day. And on low days (and we all have those), you can not only find one simple thing to be thankful for, but you can open up your Thankful Journal and read back over it. And you will be reminded of all of the wonderful blessings in your life.