I challenge you…

Yesterday was Mingus Man’s 30th birthday—the start of a new decade. I’m sure, whether you’ve hit this milestone or not—or if you’ve far surpassed it—you feel the same way in that time has flown and it’s also hard to believe how much you’ve experienced.

When I turned 30 this past year, more than anything, it again made me count my blessings for what an amazing life I’ve led so far. Sometimes I’m in awe over the opportunities I’ve had, the friendships I’ve made, and the kind of family I’ve been blessed with. 

I think we all know how easy it is to desire “more”, despite how blessed we are. The internet has us ruined, as we see so much “good” that others have and, naturally, we compare. Does our home look that nice? Do our clothes measure up? Are our kids as well-behaved? As smart? 

Take a moment and reflect on your life and what is WONDERFUL about it. In particular… Think about TODAY and how much you should be grateful for… Ask yourself these questions and let your heart be filled with whatever your response may be…

  • Where did you wake up today?
    Be grateful it was warm and dry.

  • What did you eat today?
    Be grateful you are nourished.

  • What are you wearing today?
    Be grateful you are clothed for the season.

  • Who was the first person you talked to today?
    Be grateful for the people in your life.

  • What method are you using to read this?
    Be grateful for the resources you have in your life.

  • What’s something you are going to do today?
    Be grateful for the freedom to do so much any and every day.

  • Have you bought anything today?
    Be grateful for the money you had to spend.

  • Did you work today?
    Be grateful for a job–whatever kind it is.

  • Did you tell someone you loved them today?
    Be grateful for the love in your life.

  • Did you go anywhere today?
    Be grateful for a means to go places, to do things and to see people.

My challenge for you over the next week is twofold…

First, take a minute to run through these questions every day. Be grateful for every answer you come up with.

Second, find something spontaneous to do each day. Maybe it’s jumping in the car and going somewhere; it could be dropping what you’re doing to play a game with your kid; it could even be a random night out (for some that means drinks with friends—for some (like me) it means leaving the hubs home once the kids are in bed and doing some shopping!) Either way… Make your day an adventure. That’s what life is about.


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