Here’s a few important facts which might seem unrelated:
1. They say it takes 30 days to establish a new habit. Research has generally proven this to be true.
2. Lately, I’ve had a few good friends hint around the fact that it might be time for me to move forward faster with life and with my writing.
3. One of the best / happiest books I’ve read lately is ThxThxThx – Thank Goodness for Everything, by Leah Dieterich.
4. When I was president of the Tucson Tri Girls, one of the most popular traditions I started was the December Runathon. This was a completely unofficial event where you committed to run at least 3 miles every single day during the month of December. Since all the holidays in December typically cause people to skip workouts, the runathon format created accountability that caused everyone to run every day NO MATTER WHAT tried to get in the way. When you commit to do something every single day, you learn to not let things interfere.
And here’s where I tie these four random facts together. I hereby declare August to be my personal month of gratitude. Every single day for the month of August, I will post a description of something in my life I am grateful for. This is very similar to what Leah Dieterich does on her amazing blog. So I totally acknowledge this idea is NOT original, and I am borrowing this format, although I will be tailoring it for my own writing style. Instead of running every day for a month, I will be grateful every day for a month, in order to establish this as a new habit for myself.
Every day for the month of August, I will write a thank you letter to something or someone and explain my appreciation. I will do this because I know that gratitude is helpful to banish anger and I know that gratitude is one of the healthiest emotions we can feel. I will do this because I sincerely want to feel more gratitude on a daily basis and I believe that establishing this habit will contribute to my overall happiness. I will do this because I truly want to shift my mindset.
And for you – my wonderful reader who is reading this post right now – I cordially invite you to participate right along with me. You can write into the comments on this blog whatever you are grateful for today. Post here once or twice or weekly or every day, whatever suits your fancy. Be aware that the more frequently you try this, the larger the impact on your mindset. I can’t wait to see what you might share.
So here goes the beginning of a brand new habit…
August 1, 2011
Thank you for being the most perfect vehicle for carrying me away from my sorrows and letting my soul fly freely on the open road. Thank you for letting me climb on back and turn off my brain for a few blissful hours. When I turn on my iPod and pull on my helmet everything in the world seems perfectly ok. Riding on you is better than any therapy or any alcohol or any other vice. Riding on you calms me down so I can function as a normal human being again. When we wind around together through the mountains and the desert and I see the buildup of giant monsoon clouds, I’m reminded again how much I love this gorgeous state. It’s been a while since we rode together and I missed you and it’s great to be reunited. Thanks for doing what you do and for carrying me back safely to my own life again. I hope to see you again soon.