30 Day Attitude of Gratitude Challenge Day 1

Okay, here we are starting a new challenge. It’s called 30 Day Attitude of Gratitude. The guidelines are:

  1.  The first thing you need to do is commit to 30 days. DONE
  2. The next thing to do is to choose how you will carry out this challenge. The guidelines are this. For 30 days express gratitude. You can do this by writing in your gratitude journal for 30 days. DONE-journaling on-line.
  3. Start an ongoing gratitude list, where you add 5 new things to the list every day for thirty days. IN PROGRESS
  4. Look up a new gratitude quote every day for 30 days and post them around your work or living area so you can see them. In the end, you will have 30 great quotes on gratitude to refer to. IN PROGRESS

Now that all the paperwork is done, I can start sharing for tonight. 🙂

I’m starting tonight with the quote I chose from Victor Frankl, a psychiatrist who was in Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps during WWII. He was stripped of all  his personal belongings and relationships except for his glasses and a pair of shoes. Frankl wrote, Man’s Search for Meaning, describing his experiences and observations of how people survived such horrific conditions. I just wrote a blog on Susan’s Blog: The Inner Soul tonight titled Acceptance and Meaning. That post goes into more details than I will discuss here.

The quote I chose for tonight is from that post.


Think about that quote. It is so significant and shows that we choose our attitude about events and experiences in our lives. We choose…We choose…

So if we choose our attitude, our reaction to a situation or event, then we can choose to be a victim or a survivor of childhood sexual abuse (in my case). What a lightbulb moment that is. I have a choice. I don’t have to be a victim. I choose to be a survivor. And that I did when I remembered flashbacks of the abuse as a young mother with a 5-year-old daughter who was the age I was when the abuse started (to the best of my recollection).

The day I had the Aha! moment with that understanding of choosing my attitude was breathtaking. I chose to be a survivor. Now, it was time to get to work and find out how to accept what happened (doesn’t mean condone it) and change my perception of “me”, who I was and still am. Each day builds on the next day as I continue to grow. Amazing!

Now, for my gratitude list of 5 things I am grateful for:

  1.  My understanding of who I am on a daily basis.
  2. My willingness to accept the challenge to change from victim to survivor.
  3. My family because they have supported me in my journey.
  4. My health even though Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Depression, and Diabetes afflict me, I choose to treat and stabilize my health.
  5. My intellect that allows me to learn, grow, communicate and inspire both myself and others.

That is quite a gratitude list I’ve started. Speak about health…I’m off to bed since it is 2:20 am in Tennessee.