Day 22 – Gratitude Challenge

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“Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale of all.”

~ Hans Christian Andersen


“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.”
~ Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel


Stories are powerful things, and they come in many forms; books, movies, songs, poems, plays, ballets and operas, and even through letters and conversations.

In my life, I have been deeply influenced by stories that held a special message for me, or that helped me understand something important.  Stories have inspired, humbled, awed and entertained me.

Have you ever stayed up way beyond bedtime because you just couldn’t put your book down?  Have you ever felt sad and lonely when you got to the end of a book, or a series, and realised that you wouldn’t get to spend any more time with the characters?

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Is there a song, or a record/CD that you’ve played over and over again because of how it made you feel?

Have you ever watched a movie that affected you deeply, or even changed your life?

Are there stories from your past that you remember fondly even now?

Is there a TV show or series that feels like an old friend to you?

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Today, lets give thanks for the storytellers, and the many, many (often unseen!) people who help to bring those stories to us – the music producers, the animators, the scriptwriters and authors, the publishers and agents and book sellers, the backup singers and session musos (musicians), to name a few.

Stories are a rich Blessing in our lives.

Counting Our Blessings and Using our Gratitude Rock

If you need a detailed reminder of our daily process, you can review it here in Day 1 of the Gratitude Challenge.

  1. List five Blessings in your journal, explaining why you are grateful for each one.
  2. Count your Blessings off on your fingers, summoning positive emotion and saying Thank You from your heart for each one.
  3. Tonight before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock and affirm I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Visualise one thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe, then imagine a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.
  4. Still holding your Gratitude Rock, bless your fellow travellers on this Gratitude Journey by sending them golden light, and saying Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

If all you do each day is these first four steps, know that is enough.

Would you like to explore this energy of gratitude more? If so, why not join me for today’s additional gratitude challenge.

Story Time!

Today, give yourself permission to immerse yourself in a story.  Perhaps you might watch a movie, or a DVD.

Maybe you could spend some time reading a book.

You could close your eyes and listen to your favourite album, letting the lyrics create worlds in your head.

Or your could meet up with someone (parents and grandparents can be great for this!) and have them talk about travel, or their childhood, or something that you haven’t heard before or would like to hear again.

Our whole life is a story, and stories are the language that connect us, heart to heart. When we meet someone we share of ourselves by sharing our stories. When we share our life with someone we create stories together. When we die, the stories others tell or remember about us is what keeps us alive in their hearts.

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Today, celebrate stories, and give thanks for them. Thank you for the gift of stories in my life!

All of this appreciation and gratitude around stories might even inspire you to create one of your own…

Bless ♥ xx

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21 thoughts on “Day 22 – Gratitude Challenge

  1. OK, i’m short on attention span today … i just have to chuckle at your doggy’s reading material. C’mon!

    I know my dogs would have been reading “How to Get Extra Bacon From my Sucker Master” 😉 XO Mel

    • My dogs have already mastered that one (the how to get extra bacon or any other tasty thing…)
      I’d be happy if they curled up with a manual on obedience, or even ‘How to Vacuum the House and other Domestic Tips for Canines’.
      😉 ♥ xx

  2. Yes Nicole, thank you for today’s theme. I have stalled on a piece of writing and numerous people keep asking how it is progressing and when it will be available, to the point of guilt and annoyance. Your words today have inspired me and I suddenly realised my responsibility to those who have faith in the end result. I can feel my wrtier’s block lifting! xox

      • Thanks, and I too love the dog picture – what a classy gal! Hair done, face on, and luxuriating on her 300-count Egyptian sheets with a good “read” just waiting for her favourite tea to be served in her best flower-patterned china cup! I am so jealous – do I really have to go to work today??

  3. I am so grateful to bring able to read my cupcakes and cauldrons each morning. I look forward to my mail every morning. Thank you, what to do after day 30? Thank you,thank you thank you.

  4. Even though I haven’t been doing this properly yet – all of your words have somehow seeped into my psyche and I feel a brand new sense of gratitude for everything!

  5. I really enjoyed the post, and everyone’s comments…especially about the erudite poodle snuggled up with a good book. I really get a kick out of how much everyone enjoyed that picture. And your replies Nicole, gave me a good chuckle. (Oh, if only dogs could vacuum.) Lots of positive energy today. Thanks for the smiles, fellow Gratitude Pilgrims! –Lucinda

  6. Luv this one especially. . . resonated so deeply. . . read many years ago that Marilyn meant Storyteller. . .before it was awoken inside me. . .just love the way you described it here. . .music. . .thanks Nicole xxx

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