**NOVEMBER IS HERE!**
**NaBloPoMo & GRATITUDE CHALLENGE!!**
If you’re not familiar with it, NaBloPoMo is the acronym for National Blog Posting Month, to coincide with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and NaNoFiWriMo (National Non-Fiction Writing Month), alternately now known as WNFN (Write Non-Fiction in November). Even though I forgot to sign up by November 5th, I am still committed to writing each day in November for NaBloPoMo. Might just work on my 1985 fire story for WNFN, too!
To coincide with that, of course we know here in the USA, November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s the one month in which we typically and intentionally focus more on our blessings than on anything negative (such as the election!) So I’m issuing a Gratitude Challenge for this month to anyone who is interested!
So by the way, Happy November 1st! Yes, I have returned to blogging after an unplanned hiatus for most of October. Some major obligations took priority over blogging, primarily centered on fulfilling a final wish for a terminally ill young man.
The summarized version of the story is this (with permission to share his story and pictures): a quilting friend, Linda, told me about a woman named Rachel in a mutual quilt group on Facebook who had posted about her nephew Sam’s wish for a certain quilt. He had received over 500 cards for his 20th birthday and one was a colorful owl.
Sam’s Aunt Rachel obtained permission from the artist, a young man named Ben, to allow the printing of his owl picture on Sam’s quilt and pillows. I had been working on the quilt, but then received the news during that first week of October that Sam’s health had declined and he didn’t have a good prognosis. I dropped just about everything – blogging, freelance work, housework – to get that quilt completed and shipped off to the UK for dear Sam by the following week.
Sam enjoyed his quilt and pillows for a short time; sadly, I received the news last week that he passed away on Oct. 28th. 🙁 I am thankful and feel blessed that I had the opportunity to be part of his story in his final days, to fulfill his wish for the quilt. I’m thankful I listened to that still small voice that suggested putting his smiling face photo with the original owl picture in the center of the quilt and pillow, so now his parents and loved ones can still enjoy seeing his smile and cuddle up in that same quilt and hug the pillow.
~~Rest in peace, Sam, free from pain at last~~
Anyway, regarding my Gratitude Challenge, which I originally posted on Facebook — I’m not one who usually participates in the copying/pasting of posts, or tagging people to participate in things on Facebook…so this is purely for those who simply want to participate in my gratitude challenge for this month of November for their own benefit!
My own youngest daughter Joy-Lynn (mommy of my granddaughters) inspired me to begin doing daily Attitude of Gratitude posts about 3-4 years ago (I’ve lost track!) in November, when she was doing the same, leading up to Thanksgiving. I have endeavored to do the same every day since then.
Need some inspiration? Here’s some from Karl Moore’s book, “The 18 Rules of Happiness” (I posted an entire series on his rules; the overview is HERE with links to all 18 posts, if you would like to read them).
This was his second rule in the series, on gratitude:
“Think of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for right now. It could be your family. Or your health. Maybe your home. Your friends. Your brain. Your heart. Your spirit.
We’ve all got amazing things in our own lives that make us smile with joy. And if we can count these blessings every day, we’ll discover a greater appreciation of the beautiful world we surround ourselves with.” –Karl Moore
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”– Meister Eckhardt
One final motivation – I don’t know the author of this quote, but consider this a reason for daily expressions of gratitude:
“What if the only things remaining in your life TODAY,
are the things you thanked God for YESTERDAY?”
I have missed blogging and interacting with you who read and comment on my blogs! It has been quite an emotional few weeks here, with this journey with Sam and his loved ones, as well as some family issues on both my hubby’s side and mine.
But I am grateful to have had the privilege of fulfilling the wish for Sam and for his family to now have the quilt and pillows as special mementos, hopefully providing some small measures of comfort.
I now look forward to focusing on positive, uplifting things to meet my own gratitude challenge this month!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
How was your month of October? Did any special events take place?
Do you think you will join this Gratitude Challenge? (No obligation — just curious!) 🙂