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It’s World Gratitude Day, take The Gratitude Challenge!

September 21, 2009 Leave a comment

World Gratitude Day is today, September 21 and is a fantastic opportunity to adopt an “attitude of gratitude” by taking The Gratitude Challenge by Tiny Prints.

Tiny Prints has put together an amazing 21 day calendar of tasks that invite you to “Take Note, Give Thanks” to help you take note of the brighter side of life. As you may know, I was in second week of the challenge when I had my car accident. Watch this video that my amazing co-workers at Tiny Prints put together of all our experiences taking the Gratitude Challenge: yup, the fire footage and voice -over is me!

Since the accident interrupted my 21 days of gratitude, I have pledged to start again and complete it! The most interesting thing about this experience is how it still lives with me. When I remember how terrifying it was,  it shocks me to realize it could have all turned out so differently. Several people have told me that I must have some important things left to do in this life, that I must be a very blessed person, and that I was so lucky to have so many kind and wonderful people help me that day and since. These are powerful thoughts and have inspired me to feel like my life does have a great purpose, that I am loved & needed, and that I must strive to do my best & live life to the fullest, because it really matters and it could be over in a flash.

I believe that this is true for everyone- and I hope you can feel the same…without needed to survive a terrible accident yourself, of course.

Be your best. Know you are loved. Take note. Give thanks.

Be Kind to Humankind Week

Hey-ho there Celebrate Holiday blog readers! I’ll bet you’ve missed me for the past few days, I know I’ve missed you!

I could make excuses for missing each day, but instead I’ll make up for it by sharing with you the story of this week! The fourth week in August was declared Be Kind To Humankind week in 1988 by Lorraine Jara in Toms River, New Jersey.  What is BK2HK? according to their website, “Be Kind To Humankind Week is simply one week each year dedicated to celebrating kindness. The event is recognized around the world from August 25 – 31.”

BK2HK

BK2HK

21 years ago Lorraine heard a the tragic story of two young men whose small rowboat overturned and were rescued by two women in another small, human powered vessel. Despite calling for help from passing motor boaters, their pleas were ignored, and even though they were finally assisted, one of the young men died the next day.

What can you do to bring more kindness to humanity?

BK2HK suggests the following schedule:

Show them that you care
Sacrifice Our Wants For Others Needs Sunday

Drive Courteously
Motorist Consideration Monday

Spread kindness, one heart at a time
Touch-A-Heart Tuesday

Offer a helping hand
Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday

Treat others well
Thoughtful Thursday

Come together
Forgive Your Foe Friday

Speak Kind words
Speak Kind Words Saturday

It is really beginning to affect me that all my actions and thoughts and work and research is pointing me towards being a better, kinder, more grateful person.

These Waffles Are No Joke!

August 16, 2009 3 comments

Even though it is National Tell a Joke Day, these waffles are so awesome it is not even funny!

Waffles of champions!

Waffles of champions!

This breakfast is a BIG win for me!

Why are waffles a win? Because by making the waffles for my family’s breakfast today, I  showed them I care for them. By actually getting out of bed, gathering the ingredients (which did involve a quickie trip to the store, mind you!) and getting it on the table, I sent them message that their satisfaction and delight are more important to me than:

1)sleeping 2)working 3)blogging 4) playing with my iPhone

or any other of the numerous things I routinely put before my household and family duties.  But I have been doing too much of that lately, what with work and moving and blogging and tweeting! And actually this makes me unhappy, because while cooking can be a chore, it is also a celebration of food, flavor, and if eaten together, the thing for which I am most grateful: Family.

On Day 3 of The Gratitude Challenge, I’ve been tasked with writing a blog post about something I am grateful for today.

I can honestly say that at times like this morning, I truly appreciate having the honor and privilege of serving my family. It is not always easy, but the good things in life are worth working for. Maybe it is just the hard economic times, but I feel very grateful to be able to provide food and comfort at this level to the people I care about the most.  I consider it a privilege to have the means to buy food, provide a home, and earn the living that enables all of the above.

It is a truly gift to have people to love, a gift that really keeps on giving!

Relax and Read My Alphabet of Gratitude

August 15, 2009 9 comments

Today I opened up my Gratitude Challenge Kit and was told to open Gift #1 which is a beautiful inspirational Gratitude journal! Thank you, Tiny Prints.

The Gratitude Challenge Day 2: Alphabet of Gratitude

The Gratitude Challenge Day 2: Alphabet of Gratitude

My Day 2 challenge is to write an alphabet of things I am grateful for in my journal, and I thought I would write it here on CelebrateHoliday for my post today, too.

My Alphabet of Gratitude

America. I am proud and grateful to be an American.

Boys. My two sons are my most precious gift from God. (The thank-you note for this gift is still a work-in-progress, though.)

Chargers, as in “San Diego Super”. As in “future 2010  Super Bowl XLIV Champions”. You heard it here first.

Deoxyribonucleic Acid. DNA, by which I mean the uniqueness of myself and each individual life on this planet.

Eating. Everything. Enjoying!

Filipino Family- gotta love them.

God. Blame my Catholic upbringing.

Husband, I love you and thank God for your presence in my life.

iPhone!

Journeys, travel; also see below: “Life”

Kinship, like that I feel for my best friend and her family.

Life.

Marriage and my in-laws, whom I love and appreciate and will miss!

National Relaxation Day- today August 15. Relax, everyone!

Orgasms. (probably the raciest thing I’ve written in my blog to date, but true)

Pressure cooking- I am a fanatic. I like to think my family is grateful for this, too.

Quotes: I am fond of quotes. Litera scripta manet” : “The written word endures”.

Rolled Tacos with guacamole via the Drive-thru!

Steak with friends & family.MMmm!

Tiny Prints, I thank you for my job and all my friends and all the exciting opportunities- like The Gratitude Challenge.

Underwear. In my house, clean underwear in your drawer = love.

Vacations, especially family ones.

Water. Oceans, running, waves, rain, sparkling, it’s all good.

XOXO- kisses and hugs. I am grateful for affection and for having people and pets to kiss and hug in my life.

You, for reading my blog!

Zest for life, food, love, people.

If this was your challenge, would it be easy for you?

One-a-Day Plus Gratitude

August 12, 2009 4 comments

Today I am writing an extra post to share with you a new adventure I will be embarking upon soon! On August 17th I will begin participating in an exciting new project at work we’re calling The Gratitude Challenge.

For 21 days I will be following a calendar of daily to-do’s that will help me look at the brighter side of life. As you already know, I am inclined to celebrate each and every day, so I am thrilled to accept the challenge to dig a little deeper next month. While scholar and author Joseph Wood Krutch wrote that “Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude”, I am eager to surpass just trying to be happy and start making a thoughtful attempt to be grateful to those around me for the meaning and happiness they bring to my life. My new inspiration will be the words of John F. Kennedy:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Take note, give thanks

Take note, give thanks