We have finally made it to day 10 of our 12 days of Gratitude Journal Challenge, and today we are going to focus on moments. Be sure to read our Day 9 Post as well.
So let's talk about what we mean here. Have you experience being at a big event or on a visit or trip somewhere, when something unexpected happens that becomes one of those moments? It's these little moments that often become more special and memorable. This moment in time can be due to connecting with friends, family, an animal or even a complete stranger.
The moments between the moments might be something of an extra surprise bonus experience that unfolded organically without “trying to make something happen”.
Maybe you brought your kids to an amusement park, and a nice person who worked there took the time to comfort your child who became frightened on the roller coaster.
Maybe you attended a friend's wedding, and had the pleasure of hearing magical stories of growing up in the 1950s from the father of the bride, whom you barely knew prior to this occasion.
Maybe you took a family trip to a museum in the city. And your favourite moment turned out to be offering a $10 tip to the gentleman who sweeps the lobby floor. And he smiled a broad smile in thanks for your gesture, and it made you feel good inside.
These moments cannot be planned or forced. The spontaneity is what makes them so satisfying.
Exercise: Identify Your Own “Dealing with Those Moments”
No doubt, you've probably made some plans in your life. You took trips, booked sessions, ate in new restaurants, attended meetings, had brainstorms, made plans, plans and more plans.
After doing what you set out to do… think of what moments gave meaning to these special occasions?
Journal Tip – think about things that you have recently celebrated, then write in detail about a special moment that will always be etched in your mind. Write down what was said, who was there with you and what happened.
List the things that unfold naturally which add significance to your experiences.
What qualifies as a “moment between the moments” for you personally?
Why are some things that we expect to enjoy, like a family car trip, a planned birthday party, or a vacation, sometimes more of a hassle and a bother than the magical time that we anticipated?
What moments can you reflect on and be grateful for, in the hope of attracting more of the same type of quality experiences into your life?
We really hope that you have been enjoying this days of gratitude challenge. Once you have completed today’s journal exercise feel free to leave a comment below, or come and join in the conversation on our Facebook Page.