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If In Doubt

January 26, 2010

In my opinion, the people who give up on their resolutions fall into two categories: those who never start and those who can’t keep it up. Today, I wanted to talk about the first set since I think those might the people who’re likely giving up on this project right around now.

Let’s say you read about Weekly Gratitude somewhere and thought it would be a lovely idea to do it in 2010. You spent some time thinking about your format or maybe you had big ambitions about making a fancy album with beautifully designed pages every week. You might have even begun the album but you never really did a page. You just couldn’t settle on a format. You’ve been meaning to do it but we’re already on week 4 of the year. Now you’re so behind, it doesn’t even seem worth it. Is it worth it?

Absolutely.

Let me repeat that: YES! It’s WORTH IT!

You can still begin and you should absolutely do so. The great thing about this project is that it doesn’t have a timeline. The calendar year is an imposed timeline and not a natural one. The best time to start practicing gratitude is……

now.

Not in January 1 or February 1 or any other time. It’s just now. Scrap the fancy format you intended to do, give up on the beautiful layouts, but don’t give up on practicing gratitude. If you’re struggling with getting started, simplify. Simplify a lot. Take just one photo a week, or jot down a few words. Even a single sentence each week counts. The goal is to take a moment (however small it may be) and pay attention to something that makes you feel grateful.

You don’t have to go back and create ones for the first few weeks of the year. Start from this moment on. Lori doesn’t put dates on her art and I think that’s a marvelous idea, gratitude doesn’t have anything to do with a timeline. The goal is to notice more. To look around and see the things that are wonderful in your life right now. If all you end up doing is taking a moment for ten minutes a week and thinking of one thing that you’re grateful for, I think you’ll still find the exercise to be powerful and beneficial.

All this is to say, you can start now. Don’t tell yourself that it’s all over cause you haven’t begun yet. Don’t punish yourself by making yourself go back and do all of the previous weeks. Don’t fret if you did week one and skipped weeks 2 and 3. It doesn’t matter. You can start now and you can continue now. Don’t worry about impressing others. Don’t worry about the quality of your art or words. This is not for other people. You don’t have to share it with anyone. This is for you.

This is so you can see the good things in your life and nothing should get in the way of that.

I don’t mean to sound preachy or like I’m scolding. I really just want to encourage you. I want you to know that this one resolution can be started anytime. It’s not tied to January 1.

Today’s as good a day as any so if you’re in doubt, today is the best day to start this project.

Ps: If you have friends who has intended to do the project but gave up and aren’t even reading our blog anymore, please send them this post. Encourage them to start. I wholeheartedly believe that they will be grateful to you for encouraging them.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2010 8:46 am

    Hi, I love this challenge and I’m in.
    I decided to do blog posts because lack of time to do new layouts okay?!
    But I think the more important thing is to thank God for everything and everywhere.
    God bless you.

    http://patishome.blogspot.com

  2. January 26, 2010 9:53 am

    Thanks for the nudge. Love this project.

  3. Susan S. permalink
    January 26, 2010 10:17 am

    I really needed this reminder for my health goals and gratitude journal. I’ve started writing on FB what I’m grateful for, but not including my art. This post just took a lot of self imposed pressure off of me and now I can “let go of my guilt” and get back into the original excitement I had for this journal. Thanks!

  4. Angi permalink
    January 26, 2010 10:57 am

    Thanks for the pep talk, it came at a good time!

  5. Cheryl permalink
    January 26, 2010 1:04 pm

    I’m doing, I’m doing; I’m just not posting. I’ve done more in the past three weeks than in the previous nine months.

  6. Lisa permalink
    January 26, 2010 10:26 pm

    Thanks Karen – great pep talk. I’m going strong, keeping it simple, waiting for the weeks topic to speak to me. Haven’t had any trouble so far, the topics are coming very easy. There is much I have to be grateful for.
    Lisa

  7. January 28, 2010 1:31 pm

    I so agree!! I have not done my page for last week, or this week, but I have been posting about gratitude on my blog every thurs. and it has been such a good thing! Loving this project! thank you. Here is my post for this week: http://finallymedee.blogspot.com/2010/01/is-she-ready-to-ski-also-known-as.html

  8. Gab permalink
    February 7, 2010 1:22 pm

    Great pep talk, thanks! I was tempted to give up because I’ve been so sick but will press on!

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