Louise Hay writes daily affirmations. The calendar also has a monthly affirmation. Here is December’s message:
“Grateful thoughts attract more delicious experiences to be grateful about. I keep in mind that thankful, appreciative words will bring smiles to everyone I meet. I let this last month of the year be a gift of love and joy that I share with the world.” –Louise Hay
This message gave me pause. As I read it, I thought, “Wow, it is the last month of another year.” It made me stop to think what I want to do in these last 31 days of 2013.
If I want to live a life of constant gratitude, thankfulness and peace within, I need to pause and pay attention. We can’t be grateful if we never stop to realize ALL that we have. We aren’t as thankful if we don’t take time to tell people how important they are to us.
This last month of the year is a new opportunity to speak thankful words and make others smile. I know how good it feels when someone says something nice to me. So, I’m committing to sharing as much joy and love as I can.
I’ll start by telling the three people in this picture with me how much they mean to me. I knew I wanted to get married and have kids but I never knew I’d hit the jackpot with Jeff, Michaela and Luca. They are the three people that matter most to me. No matter what challenges we face (terrible threes, separation anxiety, teething and business travel) I wouldn’t want any three other people to be my immediate family.
I’m blessed to live near both my parents and their spouses. They help our on a weekly (almost daily) basis with Micha and Luca. I don’t know what I’d do without them, but this month I’m going to make sure I tell them over and over again how grateful I am. I’m going to write letters and leave random voice messages to friends and family just sharing what I think of them.
If I pass a stranger and I like her jacket or his shoes, I’m going to tell them. I repeat: we all know how good it feels to get a compliment. I like talking and writing so this is a good December goal for me. I am excited to spend this last month sharing the gift of love and joy in my little spot in the world.
I’ll start now! Thank YOU, the reader, for checking in every week and reading what I write. I’m humbled by people who are interested in reading what I think. I also want to thank Carol, for creating such a wonderful organization. I’ve looked forward to her Monday messages of positivity for years. She always seems to say exactly what I need to hear. Her messages start my weeks off right and I’m grateful for her.
Get out there this week and make people smile! Speak words of love, joy and appreciation for those around you. I know it’ll make you smile and it’ll certainly make others smile too. In this month that gets caught up in gift giving, start giving the most important gifts of all, they’re not materialistic gifts. They are gifts that come from the heart. The gift of letting others know how much they mean to you.