On January 1, 2014 I had one of those beginning of the new year “talks” with my daughter, Landon. I had noticed a little bit of grumpiness and bad attitude that went beyond just a few days. She had become ungrateful and snappy at times. Her focus seemed negative and contagious.
We talked about how she needed to do something intentional to turn her attitude around. Of course you can imagine the attitude I got in that moment that justified my need for the conversation. I told her I thought it was time to bring back the grateful journal. When she was little it was a bedtime ritual to journal three things she was grateful for that day. Landon looked at me and said, “Mom, I just don’t enjoy journaling like that.” No child of mine should not like journaling. I had to stop and realize that an attitude adjustment needed to come in any form or fashion. So, we came up with a plan.
Landon loves photography so she agreed to commit to a photo grateful journal. She chose to use Instagram to document her gratitude with a 365 Grateful photo journal. I seriously thought that by Day 15 of 365, she would fizzle out. To my surprise, she posted every evening for the entire year of 2014.
The interesting thing that happened surprised me.
MY attitude changed. I found myself looking at each day for the hidden treasure of gratitude.
Some days, the last thing I did before I went to bed was to look up what Landon’s grateful was for the day. I couldn’t wait to see what would make me smile or what would cause me to trace my own gratefulness for the day.
I am really proud of her sticking to her commitment. Her attitude did change and I believe it changed other people’s attitude as well. Just the other night I saw where one of her friends is doing the Landon 365 Grateful photo journal for 2015.
I already miss Landon’s daily photos in 2015, but I must say I have never been more GRATEFUL for a child who had a bad attitude.
…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18