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18.5.12

52 weeks of grateful: Why


I've been trying to clarify why I do the grateful thing. Why am I grateful? Once upon a time over 100 bloggers would link up on the Grateful linky each week and numbers have dwindled and dwindled. I wondered why that was and I got myself all tangled up about it and then wrote a rather heartfelt post about it what grateful means on Kidspot this week. It helped me get it out.

And after that I felt much better.

Living gratefully wakes me up and reminds me that I choose to be happy. It makes me notice things I might otherwise take for granted. Being a part of the Grateful linky each week grounds me and opens my heart.

So, this week I'm grateful for...

242. Reminders - sometimes I forget what I started out to do. I lose my way a little bit. It's nice to be reminded.

243. Why - asking it, wondering it, answering it, pondering it. Why is a very good word indeed.

244. Love notes - Every day since Mother's Day Cappers has made me a little note telling me how much she loves me. She writes them for her dad as well, but she still gets her Ds and Bs mixed up so the cards say "I love you mum and bab". Bab loves them hugely.




What's your favourite moment from this week?



Join us over at Kidspot and link up your own gratefuls.
Link opens 11am Sydney time each Friday.

It's a beautiful way to be.


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32 comments:

Miss Mandy said...

when I started blogging one of the first link ups I committed too was the grateful. I probably hadn't thought alot about being grateful until I started reading everyones posts each week and then joined in myself.
Now I don't know if it's with age I feel like I'm on a journey to learn to appreciate the simple things, stop searching for something greater because life is what is right in front of me.
Thank you for helping me to see this.
I'm hoping to link up today, but I am racing against the clock. Stopped for a brief minute to read this now I need to get back to the vaccuming and preparing for two nights out (one away).
I am grateful every single day now and continue to work on a simple life, cherishing my children and appreciating the small things that make our life who we are.

Gina said...

I have always loved your grateful posts. I used to link up all the time and then just stopped....not sure why. I am still grateful. I need to start them up again. Sitting down and remembering why you am grateful is such a good thing for the soul.

Lyndal said...

I am like Miss Mandy - when I first started blogging this was one of the first link ups I did... grabbed a coffee on Saturday mornnig read through the posts and write my own. I don't link up now because i dont 'fit' with kidspot (which is a personal thing for me, not a reflection on anything or anyone else), but it doesn't mean that the links, and doing this every week is any less important. I know if i am ever feeling low, to come here, follow the links and read some joys - some big, some simple - and just be and remember to be grateful. that this too shall pass. Its a beautiful bit of the blogging community and i have been able to connect and find many beautiful strong women, who I know in the years to come when I too, am a parent will become mentors and cheerleaders.
I guess all I am trying to say - is that the grateful linky you started, regardless of the numbers still has SUCH a wide reach and impact.

And for that, I am forever grateful
x

Vanessa said...

I'd be forever grateful for the love notes too! How gorgeous. Someone said something to me this week and it had a lot of meaning, and it might here too: stand quietly centred and know who you are, and everything else will fall into place. I hope you get what I'm trying to say.

michele said...

ahhhhhhh. definitely a particular teary moment with my son on mother's day in which he poured out his heart and cut me to the soul.

it was almost too much beauty for my heart to bear. all mothers understand.

smiles to you, and thanks for helping the gratitude linger...

michele

What Sarah Did Next said...

Being grateful for the good in your life is something we tend to forget about sometimes. We're all too busy feeling worried/angry/bitter about the things we DON'T have so it's nice to see someone bring the whole concept of 'grateful' back to the fore.

I'm grateful for my boys. As much as I moan about how much mess they make, food they eat, washing they create, I know they appreciate what I do. My younger two gave me some lovely gifts on Mother's Day. My oldest boy (23 yrs) didn't forget me either - his gift is taking me out to the movies tonight. :)

Claireyhewitt said...

I am very grateful that I am going away for the weekend with a lovely group of friends. I expect there will be so much talking that I will have a saw jaw.

mel @ loved handmade said...

I always love a read of the gratefuls each week Bron. I haven't been regularly participating though, mostly it's just my blogging mojo is a bit out of wack. It is nice though to stop & reflect, and my hubby is missing those posts, perhaps because he features so often..x

mel @ loved handmade said...

..loving those notes, be sure to keep them!

Simoney said...

I've noticed that actually quite a bunch of bloggers have *given up* lately
Not just linking up, but i mean the whole blogging thing.
In fact, the blogger who introduced me to your blog is no longer blogging. Life has just become too much.
Just last week my lovely friend PaisleyJade pulled the plug on her "things I'm Loving" linky... my Friday blog ritual was in peril. I LOVE to write a grateful/loving post each Friday to round up the week and finish on a good note. I love remembering to find the good stuff amidst the crapness.
Thankfully another blogger is going to host PJ's linky *Phew* and Grateful has not closed up shop, just moved to a new home too.
Which reminds me, the link is broken to this weeks linky. But i found it anyway and linked up.
THANKS for this grateful linky maxabella. A lovely finish to the week
xx

Melissa Stebbins said...

This year I am counting my 1000 gratefuls. Why ... because I find the annoying, the frustrating no matter how petty linger while those fleeting moments of joy and the good they need me to stop and recognise them. MY life is exceedingly good and it's even better when I acknowledge that. For me also it is a part of a constant posture of worship. Keep being grateful it's worth it and I've found it one of the best ways to avoid being a grumpy old bag (not that I'm suggesting you would have a problem with that ... I do though)

kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

Your grateful posts never ever fail to make me smile.

I love them. True, I read them in my reader and rarely comment but they are a lovely reminder to me to suck it up princess and see some light.

Thankyou.

Elisa {with grace and eve} said...

Reading a post from your grateful linky is what gave me the courage to start blogging! I am so grateful. Very much love your kidspot post this week! Commented over there too! Elisa xx

Andrea @ little buckles said...

How lovely to receive love notes. I sometimes get drawings from Sam after school which I treasure. And reminders are paramount. My head is in a big fuzz often, not knowing what to do or why to do. Just sitting and watching is good - Bella drawing a "fing" and Sam bounding about in his spiderman outfit :)

Noelani Nadine said...

Little notes are the cutest, aren't they? Mis-spelled words and all ;)

Donna said...

I love your grateful meme and everything it represents, so I ought to really be supporting it more sorry! I blame the fact that come the weekend I get even more slack at this thing called blogging. Perhaps its also due to me writing in a journal every night the things I'm grateful for so I feel its already been released. In any case, I am glad that you do it and resolve to return for more grateful posts soon!

Deb @ home life simplified said...

Love the notes - so sweet!

I know the numbers have dwindled and i noticed less people are reading my posts for grateful overall but i am so grateful it carries on - if i stopped blogging tomorrow one of the things i would walk away with is this new found connection to gratitude that i will fight to keep alive every day. I was always grateful on some level, but until I actually worked at increasing my awareness, writing about it even when i was feeling low or angry at life, etc it did not have the positive effect it does now. So thank you as always bron for keeping it alive for those of us who participate and those who simply read for a pick me up...

Posie Patchwork said...

You know what i like about you, you gusty fiesty broad, is that you are also vulnerable & open, nice edge on some of the more ballsy-all-the-time bloggers.
Now tell your Cappers to put her hands together, thumbs up, knuckles meeting in the middle so the left thumbs up is the 'b', the knuckles are the 'e' & the right thumbs up is the 'd', do it when she goes to bed 10 times, & LOML will be a 'dad' instead of a 'bab' in no time. Yes, i've parented the d b mix up masses. Love Posie

Miriam said...

Love that bab - so special. Gratefulness is one of the most awesome side-effects of blogging for me.

Sam said...

Love notes rule..have issues with the 'why" question at the moment though (see my 2yo about this), I really do appreciate you bringing up this topic about being grateful, it is on my mind alot, my trouble is remembering all the details, it all becomes a blur sometimes, I do try to live in the moment as much as possible, but tend to get caught up in the "stuff" of life. Sometimes it takes me forever to write a post, lots of pondering,fumbling around with photos etc, all with 2yo in background, I wish it all flowed out quicker, then I'd be posting more gratefuls, maybe I need to get some sort of blogging training. Don't give up on Grateful! :)x

Kymmie said...

Isn't it funny, but I've been wondering why it's not as big as it once was. Especially when it's a whole lot of awesome. But then I know that I'm not doing it. Not because I don't love it, but because... well, I don't know.

But I'm in this week remembering the moments like these. Off to read your kidspot bit. See you at the Village!

Kymmie said...

Now, how do I link up again?

Cath said...

I was told this week (by someone who should know) that asking "why" was waste of time... a better question is "how" or "what". How does being gratelful affect others? What is my purpose behind writing these posts... I can't say it's the panacea of answers, but it's not a bad start.

Luna said...

My favourite moment from this week would have to be when my toddler came to me, took my hand and led me out to the kitchen, to point at what he wanted to eat. Then he would repeat my word for it. Silly, I know. He can speak words or simple sentences but then he goes days without. My partner said he's not worried, it just shows our toddler is more observant than talkative and the speech will follow. Let's hope.

Kat @ I Saw You Dancing said...

LOVED your happy pants post! Beautifully said.
You are the right person for this job, Bron. Regardless of how many people post (or not).
xx

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

Grateful for your grateful, I wonder if there is an ungrateful meme out there that's stealing your bloggers away. That would be one nasty whinge fest.

happylan said...

Oh precious love notes! Hope to get some of those from my own littlies one day. And I am another who is grateful for the grateful Bron. Thank you for hosting it.

Lisa H said...

Like Miss Mandy (and many others!) your 'grateful' linky was the first I came across and joined in. I love the thought of finding something to write about each week, some weeks I have to look harder than others! It's always good therapy. Thanks for keeping it going. x

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky said...

Thank you for continuing to lead the gratefuls around blog land, I appreciate the reminder every week to take stock of all that I have in my life.

MultipleMum said...

Don't give up the Gratefuls. I live for your gratefulness x

Alisa said...

I will have to link up for the first time this week. My "word" for the year this year Gratitude. I have a notebook I am writing my blessings in maybe my blog needs some gratitude love also. :) I love a positive grateful soul :) Thankyou for sharing I am a new reader but am loving your blog.

Pink Ronnie said...

Love notes.... wow, that would just melt my heart....
Ronnie xo

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