Ash Wednesday… What are you doing for Lent?

E17412B4-8286-49D9-8DC5-DF802C4B0E86Yesterday, while at the coffee shop, a young man came and sat next to me. I looked over and thought, “I should tell him he has some black dirt on his forehead.” As I was contemplating how to politely reveal this to him, I remembered it was Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.

So, I smiled and said, “Oh, it looks like you stopped by church.”

To which he replied, “Actually, at the University there was a booth and I was able to  stop by there without going to church.”

Interesting, so the Catholic church was making it easier to participate in Ash Wednesday by setting up a booth, knowing that people have busy schedules. Good idea!

Next, I noticed that he had this small journal that he was writing in. I couldn’t help it, I had to comment. It was so small it made me think he was a spy or a writer taking field notes.

So, I said, “I love your small journal, might I ask what you are using it for?”

He said, “I bought it for Lent, I’m going to use it as my daily GRATITUDE journal.”

What a great idea! Most people give something up for Lent and they preface it with “I’m going to TRY and give sweets up, etc.” To me, if you are using the word “try” than you have already failed.

I told this fellow, I liked his gratitude journal much better. I believe in the power of positivity.

He smiled, I smiled, and we wished each other a wonderful day!

It is Lent, I am grateful for meeting this young man who brought “joy” to my day.

What are you grateful for today?

100 “Thank You’s”

I received an email from DailyGood.org today. They are a volunteer group that share inspiring messages every day. A few years ago when I was having a tough day someone forwarded one of the daily messages to me.

The message on that particular day pertained to what I was going through and was extremely uplifting, so I subscribed to the daily messages.

A film by Hailey Bartholomew. More at 365 Grateful. Video from http://www.karmatube.org

Today they had a message on artist Lori Portka who, for a year and a half, devoted herself to painting 100 paintings of gratitude to “thank” people who have made a difference in her life.

Take a minute to view her video. Lori Portka’s beautiful artwork can inspire ALL of us to perform our own form of gratitude to thank people in our lives.

Gratitude — it’s a good thing!