For the month of November, I did a thing…by “thing,” I mean that I did a 30-Day Gratitude Journey. For this journey, I posted every day for 30 days about things I am grateful regarding. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I am fairly transparent when necessary. If I believe it will help someone, I will usually share. This journey, however, was an uncomfortable one. It forced me to keep sharing, over, and over, and over again. Even for someone used to being fairly transparent, this 30-day journey had me feeling very uncomfortable and exposed. I kept thinking about all the negative that could arise frome sharing…”how would people look at me? Who would get tired of me sharing? What’s the point?” Even so, I trudged through the self-doubt and completed my 30 days today.
What an amazing sense of accomplishment, and admittedly relief. My immediate thought was gratitude that I could stop feeling so exposed to everyone. What?!?!? I’m still human. But, my next thought was pride in myself. I completed the task regardless of emotions, wanting to stop, and despite a lack of engagement at times. I did it. Now, could I have stopped and others didn’t notice? Maybe. But, I would have noticed. Regardless of anything, I strive to finish what I start.
So, was it worth it? Well, it absolutely made me focus on the multitude of things we should be grateful for, including even the seemingly minute things. It gave me great pleasure to encourage others to start their own gratitude journey. In the end, despite how vulnerable I felt, it was worth it. Now, I don’t know what comes on the other side of this obedience moment, but I know I will never see things the same way–all because I was intentional and true to what I determined I would complete.
As we turn the corner to our last month of 2021, what things have you been avoiding addressing because they make you uncomfortable? What do you refuse to do because you don’t want others to look at you a certain way? Now is as good a time as any to wipe the slate clean. Start anew BEFORE the New Year begins. It may be completely out of your comfort zone, but so too will the blessings be because you chose to step out. Has your year made you forget all the good things from 2021? Start your own gratitude journey today. So, this is your call-to-action. Go!