On Grace + Gratitude


For the first time in at least four years I find myself not training for anything. It’s really strange having all this extra time; I don’t know what to do with myself!

Since it’s supposed to be a time for rest and rejuvenation, I decided to treat myself to an early birthday gift by enrolling in a “Grace and Gratitude” workshop.

It’s a digital workshop by Sarah K Peck. Since discovering Sarah’s blog a few months ago, I have come to love her writings. They are honest, heartfelt, uplifting and mindful.

I have tried many times in the past to keep a Gratitude journal. This may seem difficult to believe but it was such a hard thing for me to do. I always listed the important, but obvious things to be thankful for - family, home, job, etc. It felt so contrived.

So when Sarah announced the Grace and Gratitude workshop, I immediately jumped at the chance to participate. The timing couldn’t have been better - if I can’t train my body, I can at least train my spirit.

I’ve come to look forward to my daily workshop emails. They are filled with stories, poems, thoughts, quotes, and then an invitation to practice, first Gratitude in Week One, then Grace in Week Two.

We are now on Day 4, but I’d like to share with you something that I wrote on Day One:

Gratitude: What It Means To Me

To me, gratitude means not only to feel thankful, but also to express that appreciation to the people and things that you are thankful for. It means to let them know how much you value them, and how much they mean to you - not only through words, but also through actions.

Today’s practice was to send a note of thanks to someone, anyone. I’ve sent a few emails, made a few phone calls and even mailed a couple of handwritten cards.

But I’d also like to take a moment to thank YOU.

Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to read my posts.

Relatively speaking I haven’t been the most interactive blogger, but that doesn't mean that I don't value you. This blog is very important to me and I truly appreciate you taking the time, and making the effort to read my posts, send messages, post comments and offer support.

And if you haven’t said hello yet, please feel free to do so, I’d love to hear from you!

Over the course of the next two weeks, and perhaps even beyond, I’ll be writing more posts inspired by Grace and Gratitude. I realize these are atypical posts for me, so thank you for indulging me during this strangely wonderful time of change.