Gratitude Habitude

Happy October! October means it is time for Write 31 Days. I’m excited to begin this challenge of writing every day this month on the topic of gratitude! A few months back I decided that my word or really, my virtue to aspire to and have more of was joy. Sadly, focusing on joy hasn’t been working out for me. As I prayed and pondered why joy was not happening, gratitude kept coming up. I think, and not just me, that gratitude is linked to joy. And that gratitude can be cultivated so that it becomes the usual practice in life. And when you focus on gratitude, joy is a fruit of gratitude.
So, this month that is what my focus will be, building a gratitude habitude! (yes, habitude is a word, I checked)
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To start us off on our gratitude habitude today I am grateful for a wonderful catechist team at work, going to 5:30pm Mass, and coffee. What about you?
See you tomorrow!

Deanna Bartalini

Deanna Bartalini is a Catholic wife, mother and educator. It seems no matter where life leads her, she is always teaching someone about something, especially about faith, the Church and how it all fits into our daily lives. Meeting people on their faith journey and walking with them is her greatest joy and most rewarding endeavor.

2 thoughts to “Gratitude Habitude”

  1. In the story “Pollyanna”, she tells of her missionary father helping her to find joy and gratitude. She had been hoping, wishing and praying for a doll, but when the charity barrel arrived, all that was left was a pair of crutches. She thought and thought and discovered that she could be grateful that she didn’t need them. And so began her “glad” game. It wasn’t always easy, but she was a happy child because of it. After losing her parents, she moves to America and in with her Aunt. The Aunt is strict, stern and an advisor to the town’s pastor. His sermons are always filled with wrath and dire predictions. Coming across the pastor, rehearsing his sermon in the meadow, Pollyanna asked why he was always so angry. Surprised, he learned from the young girl that there were over 800 “glad”, (joyful and grateful) passages in the Bible. He promised to begin studying them and his heart and sermons were changed. Pollyanna touched the lives of everyone she met and it is a book I (re)read every year. My dad was the first to call me a Pollyanna and to give me the book. I’ve looked for those 800+ passages. I pray you may find some inspiration from Miss Pollyanna and find joyfilled gratitude for your 31 days! Love you Deanna! ~ Pam

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