“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy – because we will always want to have something else or something more.” ~ David Steindl-Rast
Gratitude for the #30daygratitudechallenge
First of all, I want to thank everyone who signed up, or followed along, for our 30 Day Gratitude Challenge which finished on November 13th. I hope that those of you who participated both enjoyed and noticed something positive in the process. I myself thoroughly enjoyed the creation of the prompts and the application to my own life. The process of reflecting and journaling on so many aspects of my life certainly re-enforced how much I have to be grateful for. Will I continue with the process of gratitude journaling?
Despite my best intentions, I know I can’t honestly say I will continue to write in my journal every day. I will however say that after making gratitude an intentional part of my life for 30 days, I plan to keep at it. I had already made a conscious effort to do so, but now even more so. I find the easiest way to incorporate my practice is to write 3 to 5 reasons I am grateful in that moment/day, or before I go to sleep, mentally think of what I was grateful for that day so that hopefully it is the last thought of the day.
I recently listened to Brother Davis Steindl-Rast, who is known for his work on gratefulness and happiness, speak with Oprah on her Super Soul Conversations podcast. You can also view their conversation on SuperSoul Sunday. Brother David referred to gratitude as a way of being, as in ‘grateful living’. This resonated with me, and although manners have always been important in our home, such as ‘please and thank you’, many other ways to sprinkle gratefulness everywhere exist:
“I really appreciate you taking out the garbage.”
“Thank you for putting your laundry away.”
“Thank you for packing my groceries.”
These intentional moments of appreciation can strengthen our relationships and build positive emotions.
What’s next on the Sara T, M.D. journey?
I’m doing it – I’m taking the next step. I was reflecting on what has kept me blogging weekly for almost 5 years. The money? Haha – it costs money to keep the blog going and I don’t use any ads or sponsorships (personal choice) so that is definitely not the case. The ability to learn, hopefully inspire and share? You betcha. The possibility that I am even helping one person, while at the same time helping my naturally curious self who recognizes a need to express creativity, has been the only motivation I need to continue writing and sharing.
You may know that my husband Colin and I have been working on a physician wellness website Physicians for Physicians. Our mission is to provide both guidance and support to our physician colleagues, both practicing physicians and medical trainees, through personalized courses, programs and retreats. We are getting ready to launch our first personal development course on January 2nd. But this got to me thinking, why have I not offered a course to my Sara T, M.D. tribe? So here we are.
A little more backstory, as part of my own learning process, I do my own share of online courses and programs and have narrowed down what keeps me the most accountable and engaged. For me, the inbox nudge really helps. I also find that although I enjoy video platforms, I don’t always find them practical. I also like courses when I have to “do the work” to see results through printable worksheets.
So with that all being said, we (myself and much needed IT support) in the New Year will be opening up the course The Change Catalyst – 4 Week Guide To Taking Action From Your Inner Wisdom. This course will be designed to address taking action to get from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow by listening to and following your inner wisdom.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you think, “This isn’t the life I had planned for myself?”. I think it would be safe to say that we all have had those moments, days, weeks…you get the picture. In fact, it doesn’t matter how put together we seem on the outside – sometimes the inside just doesn’t match.
I hope you will consider joining me on this journey toward self-discovery and taking action toward a satisfied life. If this course is of interest to you, you can sign up below to receive updates and registration notification. If you know anyone who might be interested, please share the signup link with them.
I want to leave you today with my expression of gratefulness for being a part of this journey, and remember, I always welcome any suggestions/thoughts you may have along the way.