My 2015 Focus Words-being Intentionally Thankful

As always, I’m a little late to the party but I assure you, there’s good reason. I started thinking about focus words back in December and couldn’t settle on one and figured I just wouldn’t pick something for this year and instead, continue on with last year’s focus word of “Simplicity” and build off the amazing ride that has been. Minimalism and simplicity are beautiful things to practice in this over-crowded, over-cluttered world we live in.

As the month of January rolled on (going by WAY too quickly if you ask me!) and as I’ve really been wrestling with myself over life, convictions and trying to find a good balance to this ever-changing life of mine, one thing kept popping into my head: Thankfulness.

Now, I’m generally a thankful person. I appreciate when friends come to my aid, listen to my ramblings or offer words of encouragement when my mom-fails pile up faster than my laundry. However…when things aren’t going well, I tend to revert very quickly to a glass half-empty mind set that can be very difficult to shake. Every day frustrations get under my skin, my patience wears thinner than a cheap pair of underwear and even the tiniest of inconveniences threatens to undo my entire day (or week…).

What I’ve found to be an ever increase need in my life is to be thankful in ALL situations, not just the ones that happen to roll in my favor. And thus has begun another journey for 2015: My quest to be Intentionally Thankful.

Becoming Intentionally Thankful
Becoming Intentionally Thankful

So what does that look like in my life? Simply put, being thankful in all circumstance. Being thankful in happiness, being thankful when things are going my way and thankful when they’re not. Being thankful when my heart is aching and thankful when life is so overwhelming that I can’t sleep. Thankful when I’m filled to capacity and thankful when my tank is dry and crumbling. Thankful when I’m surrounded and thankful in my loneliest of lonely times.

Thankfulness is easy when things are going well but a lot harder when times are tough. Yet, down the road, once those tough seasons are behind us, we tend to see that those tough times shaped us, molded us and sent us down the paths that ultimately led to thankful times. The problem is that we don’t tend to see it when we’re up to our elbows in garbage.

And so I will strive for thankfulness. In good and bad. But especially in the bad.

Intentional Thankfulness.

Because I choose to believe that the things that hurt the most in life are the things that can have the great impact for good. Beauty in the broken.

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

23 Responses to My 2015 Focus Words-being Intentionally Thankful

  1. This is lovely. It’s easy to be down and angry when things aren’t to our liking, but I try to take the mindset that everything happens for a reason. Bad moments are here to test us and make us stronger people- and for that, like you said, we should be thankful.

  2. This is a great idea. My husband says i’m very pessimistic. I like to think I’m a realist and prepare for the worst. It’s a coping mechanism. If I prepare for the worst, I’m happily surprised when the worst doesn’t happen. I definitely need to focus on the positive more often!! Thanks!!

  3. Intentional thankfulness is an incredible discipline! Have you read the book 1000 gifts by Ann Voskamp? It is right along those lines and is such a great reminder that our attitude towards life that defines us not what “happens to us”.

  4. I see someone already beat me to the Ann Voskamp reference. I’m just reading 1,000 Gifts now and it’s all about this thankfulness you are talking about. I’m loving it and the focus.

    • I’ve had a few people suggest that to me now. It’s on my reading list. I just read ‘Freefall to Fly” by Rebekah Lyons and am working my way through “Restless” by Jennie Allen. That looks like it may be my next library book.

  5. Being thankful for all things are what helps prepare you for the blessing. When things aren’t going well but you are still thankful b/c you KNOW it could be worse makes you on another level when the blessings flow. They flow every day you just have to recognize it. Stay blessed and thankful.

  6. Such a great post! Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how thankful I am for many things in my life. Even in tough times I always try to focus on the good. I read this article that I just keep thinking about that focused on how we should really think about how truly lucky we are, especially for such simple things that we often take for granted (health, physical ability, ability to even go food shopping, etc.)

  7. What a great and insightful post. I think it’s so important to stop and realize how thankful we are for things. I always realize this when I’m travelling how lucky I am to have what i have. But it really takes you stopping and thinking about it daily when you are in the day to day grind.

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