It was an amazing experience when I journaled through most of the book, Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach many years ago, but like the photos of my childhood vacations, as the years passed, the details have faded.
I was searching through the bookcase next to the chair in my bedroom last night, looking for the Serendipity DVD to watch with my daughter. The bookcase is kind of a comforting catch-all of meaningful books, magazines and my favorite movies, always a bit dusty, and not really organized.
I stumbled upon the pretty pink book again, tucked between a devotional and The Me I Want to Be; the Serendipity DVD stacked sideways across the top. I kept glancing at the book throughout the movie, smiling to myself, as I found a connection between realizing it was New Year’s Eve and the book, a year-long journey of discovering abundance through gratitude, started on January 1st. I couldn’t help feeling drawn to the idea of commencing the pilgrimage again. After all, as the author says, “This is the month to dream and to look forward to the year ahead and the inner journey.” And what better place to discover my inner peace and gratitude than my blog, “Becoming Me?”
Day one asks us to reflect and begin to dream. I need more time to do this than I have tonight, but since I am committing to this, I’m starting my Gratitude Journal now.
By acknowledging the seemingly small, usually overlooked, things we have to be thankful on a daily basis, we recognize the abundance and richness of our lives.
Have you ever committed to a year-long process like this? I know there will be challenges, and days I don’t have the time or feel like writing, but I figure the year will pass if I do or do not try this so I might as well go for it.