IMG_20140424_081704The Gratitude Challenge is one of several popping up in my Facebook news feed as of late. Long story short: For 5 days, post 3 things you are grateful for and nominate 3 other people to do the same.

I like it.

A dear friend of mine who lives in perpetual hope and gratitude recently participated.
What follows are a few comments from her nominees…

“My Facebook friends will hate me but I’ll try”
“I will give it my best shot”
“You may need to remind me”

At first glance, all fair statements. Society – us – we are busy. Not everyone goes on Facebook every day. Life has us in many directions and more important things vie for our attention.

At first glance…but look deeper.
Dare I say lots of our problems stem from not remembering to be grateful and in turn not reminding others to do the same.

Experts state it takes at least 21 days to start to form a new habit. Let us forget the word habit has a negative connotation, which is another blog entirely. 5 days of Gratitude is a start but those same experts reported “On average it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic.” 66 days to be exact.

For the whole article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/forming-new-habits_b_5104807.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

You know what I’m going to say next. Because this is the place you come to be poked. To be taken out of your comfort zone, sometimes. To be reminded you are a Child of the Most High and what it means.

The next big thing to go viral.
The FOREVER Challenge – be grateful, live grateful

HOW?
List who and what you are grateful for  – seriously this could take the rest of your life.

WHO?
You first, others will follow.

WHAT?
Everything under the sun, and the sun and wait – God and everything.

Today, for example, I’m grateful for Mona – she provided the inspiration to write this. I’m grateful for Facebook where I saw her post this challenge.
Really this part is not fair because I’m obscenely grateful all the time. Much to some folks shagrin.

WHERE?
Everywhere you go, everywhere you are – sing it, pray it, say it, tweet it, post it, text it, live it. Get it?

WHEN?
Constantly…every time I look at my wedding ring I’m grateful for my husband and family and LOVE.

WHY?
Because evidently we need to remind ourselves God is good and life is good or this Facebook challenge wouldn’t exist. Kind of like the warning label on your hair dryers telling you not to use it in the shower.

At the very least it tells me we aren’t sharing our gratefulness enough or living it enough.

I know there are things and people we ARE NOT grateful for. I’m suggesting  focus on the positive. Surround yourself with positive. Decide once and for all you will be the one who lights up the room when you come in not when you leave. People will talk about you anyway; let it be about your pesky gratefulness, your heart of gratitude.

Still struggling with why living in gratitude is better than not?
Fine, be grateful for what didn’t happen, what wasn’t said. While an at least mentality isn’t how I typically roll, it may be the starting place for some.

Here it comes – Your Forever Challenge 1,2,3
#1 develop the habit of gratitude
#2 compel others to develop it as well
#3 remember there is always something to be grateful for

I am grateful for you♥

#GoBeLove
Mindi

Mindi Huebner is a business owner, professional conversationalist and crazy forgiver. Mindi is scandalously obsessed with leaving people and things better than she found them. If you think LOVE is always the answer, join her as she writes about her road trips with God at www.backrowfaith.com. If you don’t think love is always the answer, join her anyway. Go.Be.Love

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