Around the Garvey household, we realize we have a lot to be thankful for. Jay’s health is improving by the day, and he is in the process of resuming all normal activities. This includes checking into the simplify 101 private community forum. One day last week, he noticed that our community leader Kelly had started a daily gratitude forum, a tradition that sprung from my Get Organized for the Holidays and Goals online classes. Knowing that Jay has a lot to be thankful for, he joined the conversation and shared his gratitude.

The first day was easy.

Later that day, Jay and I went for a walk and chatted about the day’s events. He told me he had posted that he was grateful for his family and how much we loved him, something that became really clear to him while he was in the hospital and recovering at home. He then said he regretted using the big thing he has to be grateful for right away. What will I come up with for tomorrow?

Jay isn’t alone in his feelings. Over the years, his thoughts have been echoed many times in our online forum. People fear that if they start sharing gratitude either in a forum, or in a journal, that they’ll run out of things for which they are grateful. Or, perhaps what they feel grateful for seems insignificant.

The true magic of practicing gratitude comes in recognizing all of the blessings in your life—the big ones and the little ones.

As Jay and I contemplated his dilemma, I shared with him that for me, the true magic of practicing gratitude comes in recognizing all of the blessings in your life—the big ones and the little ones. Your perspective on life, and the world, begins to change when you begin to notice, and even look for, the little things you may have missed before. Noticing the beautiful silhouette of tree branches after they’ve lost their leaves, or feeling truly grateful for your warm home, clean sheets, or a traffic-free commute can change your outlook on life.

As we enter the final stretch before Thanksgiving, I invite you to begin a gratitude journey of your own. If you’ve never made giving thanks a habit, why not begin today? Pull out a journal, a notebook, or a scratch piece of paper if you’re not sure you want to commit, and jot down a thing or two that you’re feeling grateful for today. Don’t worry if it’s too big, or too small, or if you gave thanks for it yesterday. Just let your mind notice the blessings in your life and let your hands record them on paper. When you do, you’ll be amazed at the good it does for your heart and soul.

If you decide to give “giving thanks” a try, please let me know all about it in the comments below. You’re welcome to share what you’re grateful for today!


P.S. Jay and I want to give thanks to you! Thank you for the outpouring of love and support as Jay was recovering from his “medical event.” It means more to us than words can express.

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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