I thought about the one thing the man who had survived the plane crash said. He said that we need so very little to make us happy, but we demand so much out of life. I have been thinking for some time that part of the reason we want more and more is because we aren't appreciating what we already have. Sometimes when I go to the store, and I see some cute clothing that I am tempted to buy, I remind myself that I have good clothing already. And this next part is the key to my gratitude experiment. I tell myself to enjoy what I already own instead of buying more.
My dog does something that really drives me crazy. When I give her a table scrap, she swallows it down without even tasting it. It doesn't matter what I give her, she swallows it as fast as she can, and doesn't take time to taste it. But I realize that we humans do the same thing. Today I made some cinnamon rolls. I took one in a bowl for me, and one in a bowl for my son when I went to pick him up from school. I ate mine on the way there. I got kind of distracted because of traffic while I was eating, and I don't even remember eating the last half of it. I've become my dog!
One more story before I get on to the challenge. I remember very clearly when my second child was born, that I was always afraid something dangerous might happen to him. As it turned out, he did have many close calls in his life, so I wasn't too far off the truth. :) But when he was a baby, I remember sitting rocking him before laying him in bed at night, and I tried to really savor the moment in case something happened to him. I know that sounds morbid, but I really wanted to treasure the moments with that baby in case they were taken away from me.
Now to the challenge. I have been thinking all these thoughts this week, and I have been really focusing on savoring the moments in my life. The other night I laid down in bed and it felt so comfortable that I just laid there and tried to savor it. Another time I was taking a shower, and really tried to focus on the soothing hot water. When I have spent time with my husband, I've tried to really be in the moment and focus on enjoying that time we have together. When I eat (except for the cinnamon roll ;P) I've tried to really chew and taste what I'm eating, and savor it. I would like you to try this with me. See how it changes your ability to appreciate the blessings in your life. I think it has really helped me to be more grateful, and to really enjoy more the blessings that I already have. And when you really do find one of those choice moments when you really enjoy what you have been blessed with, don't forget to take time to thank God! And then come back and tell me your thoughts!