Not just a chore: a chance for gratitude

I hope your Thursday goes well. What is on your mind and heart today?
Are you filled with wonder at God’s creation?
When I hear the birds singing in the trees in my yard and see the sunny sky, I try to just stop and soak it in.
Doing that reminds me to be mindful …. simply mindful.
I think today I will try to stop many times and observe. Then I will add to my grateful list.
Here is an example.
Chore: emptying the dishwasher… thank full for a plethora of things behind this task. Ready? Here we go ~
Normally I might turn on the news. Lately, this blocks my Grateful heart. Today I will put on some calm music. Boom. ⤵️
Grateful for my ears. Grateful for composers. Grateful for dishes and silverware Grateful for running water, dishwashers, and electricity. Grateful for each person who invented, manufactured, and transported all of that. Grateful for the families of all these people.
Grateful that I have the opportunity to move my arms and legs so I can do this task!
Now that the dishwasher is empty it is time to expand my thankfulness list. ⤵️
BOOM. I am thankful for counters, drawers, cupboards, the sturdy walls that hold the cupboards. If it wasn’t for that, my arms would surely be incapable of forever holding all of that.
Time to be thankful for carpenters, drywall installers, painters, electricians, and flooring.
Do you see what I mean?
One simple chore (emptying the dishwasher) is a chance to be grateful for countless people and things.
Everything we do is a chance for gratitude.
I just have to stop and notice. Rather than zone out and go through my day doing things on automatic ~> just notice and thank. Take it down to minute details of gratitude.
Open the door to let the dogs in and out a zillion times? Yes. Grateful for dogs. Grateful for glassmakers, truckers, door installers, hinges, rags to clean the door, lockmakers, and so much more.
This cascade of people, things, and the beautiful things in nature is mind boggling, don’t you think? God gives us countless ways to be grateful.
What do you think of this approach?
I would love to hear about some simple thing you might do today and the interconnections for gratitude!
Simple task ~ major gratitude.
Wishing you a day of hope today and everyday.
~ Simply Kate ❤

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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1 Response to Not just a chore: a chance for gratitude

  1. What you write here reminds me so much of Ann Voskamp’s thousand gifts of gratitude. So MUCH to be grateful for in this life, isn’t there?

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