Instead, I try to take moments, on a regular basis, to express gratitude. Like when I see a brilliant goldfinch perched on our mailbox, sitting peacefully as I drink in its beauty. Or watch the first rays of pink suffuse the morning sky. And surely when I see the faces of people I love.
The Ritual Flipping of the Calendar
One habit that provides a once-a-month opportunity for a few extra moments of reflection is calendar day.
Long ago, in my office in North Carolina, we took 15 calendars – one chosen by each person in the office to reflect her interests – and arranged them in a big collage on an entry wall. We had frogs, Eschers, castles, Van Goghs, Weimeraners, shoes, photographic landscapes in the US, Provence, Australia . . .
On the first of each month, we gathered for a flipping of the calendars to see what images would inspire us for the month.
I have continued that tradition in my office with three calendars. (The choosing of those calendars for the year is always fun, too.)
Just before I turn the month, I offer thanks for the month that’s ended and hope for a good month to come.
Creating a She’hechayanu Moment
Until today, I had an underlying She’hechayanu feeling.
Today, I decided to start saying the prayer out loud. I think I’ll continue the tradition. I liked it.
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam
she’hechayanu v’kiy’manu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has kept us in life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this season.
How do you express gratitude? If you keep a gratitude journal, I’ve love to know when you started and how it’s been helpful to you.
And if you like the calendar idea, enjoy!
Please “share” this post with anyone you think would like it.