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5 Ways to Find Abundance & Gratitude in Each Day

by Molly Veydovec *

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Autumn is in full residence. The colors are deep and the days are short. Our mornings are slower and our nights quieter. The busy days of summer are complete and we’re dreaming of holiday plans or winter projects.

With tranquil fall days, it’s the perfect time to take stock of our surroundings, breathe in the abundance of our life and practice moments of gratitude throughout the day.

Here are 5 ways we can take pause and reflect on our blessings:

  1. Say a prayer
    Prayer doesn’t need to be formal. In fact, it can be as easy as saying a simple “thank you” throughout the day. Thank you for the rising sun. For the hot tea in our cup. For our children snug in their beds. It can be a special moment before a meal, or as we embark on a new endeavor. It can be for the opportunity of work, or the ability to breathe clean air and enjoy good health.
  2. Gratitude jar
    This is a sweet and special idea that is a favorite among children. Begin or end the day by writing a note of thanks on a slip of paper. At the end of the year, you’ll have a lovely collection of thankfulness with silly things like chocolate ice cream and blue bicycles, plus heartfelt items like time with grandpa or a teacher’s kind words.
  3. One-line-a-day
    Similar in idea to a gratitude jar (but perhaps more private!) – a journal or one-line-a-day notebook is another simple idea to record the things we might usually take for granted. It might be the thoughtful act that someone shared with you or a poem you remembered.
  4. Meditate
    Much like prayer, meditation needn’t have rules. Walking intentionally up the stairs can be a meditation. Washing the dishes or taking a peaceful walk with the dog. Any moment in time that you take to tune into the present is sure to leave you feeling grateful for your surroundings.
  5. Give back
    Perhaps the most meaningful of gratitude practices, taking time to spend with someone who is alone, making a meal for a family in need, or even a small donation sent with thoughts of abundance truly brighten our lives and those of others.

GPhoto by Aaron Burden on Unsplashiving and serving in the mission to end hunger always begins by recognizing your own abundance. You realize that your needs are met and there’s still a little left over that you are willing to share to help your neighbors who might otherwise go without.

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* Molly Veydovec is a SoSA volunteer

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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

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