Years ago I was asked to speak on Contentment. Actually, they asked me to speak on Marriage. I choked (just a little) — “What else?”
(Be honest–which would you choose? Maybe a combo: Contented, While Married.)
They said, “Contentment.” I said “Okay.”
From that contentment talk came The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pillows. List your Thankfuls and pass on your list. You’ll feel better (true statement.) And after your friend gets over being annoyed because you’re making her list HER Thankfuls, she’ll feel better, too.
One cancels out the other. It’s the way it works.
Next week, I get to speak to the lovely MOPS ladies in San Clemente. They wanted the Give Thanks/Contentment talk. I don’t blame them. It’s a good one. I could hear it every day and my family would benefit. Plus, it’s FALL – yea! My favorite season and I live in California. We hardly have a Fall. We hardly have a reason to drink tea or make soup. We have to make up reasons to drink a Hot Toddy.
On Tuesday I’ll ask the lovely MOPS ladies these questions:
- On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most grateful), how much is your life characterized by a grateful heart?
- Would those around you agree with your evaluation? (That’s the rub, isn’t it?)
- Why can we “thank God always” when hard things are happening?
- How is “being thankful” connected with “trusting God?”
- What can you begin doing today to cultivate your grateful heart for the glory of God?
These aren’t easy questions. Well, not easily answered. Feel free to share answers in comments. You can use a pseudonym, if necessary. . . JK. Well, maybe not kidding – who wants to admit they are not the most grateful one in the crowd? Not moi.
Which question hit home the hardest? Mine is number two – I think I’m a perfectly positive woman until my daughter says something like, “Did you not sleep well last night, Mom?” or “Do you think you’re more sensitive now that you’re older, Mom?” Nothing shy about my kids.
Join the Sisterhood. You’ll be glad you did. (Your family will be glad, too. You should make them pay the twenty dollars.)
Why a list? You’ll feel better.
Why a sisterhood? We need each other to be a better Thanking Woman.
Etsy. (It’s easy.)