Join Us As We Gear Up To GET GRATEFUL! The Gratitude Challenge Starts Tomorrow Feb. 5th!

By Aiyana Ma’at

When I first started thinking about writing this post, it made me pause for a second. I didn’t want to use the word gratitude. I feel like sometimes we get so used to seeing and hearing certain words that they they lose the impact that they were intended to have. The word or the phrase kinda becomes cliche. We see it or hear it and it rolls right off of us. Gratitude is one of those words.

We think we get it but we really don’t. We nod our heads when we hear it talked about in church or in a meeting of some sort, but then we don’t actually practice it–and I mean practice it day in and day out. Really live it. Study the art of being grateful. Investigate  the effects it has had on people in history. Document the real life changes and blessings we see and feel in our lives when we are laser focused on being thankful and content.

Next week, we will kick off a week long focus on the powerful impact Gratitude can have in our lives and what it can do for our own peace of mind, our relationships, our marriages, our children, our workplace, our personal progress, and ultimately our world.

Get ready. This will be an experiment of sorts. We will have different Gratitude challenges and we will all need to take a few minutes each day to carry them out and write down our results and how we see the effects showing up in our homes and everywhere we go. It will be powerful. I can assure you of that. We will definitely be looking to hear from you and learn from your experience.

If being grateful makes sense to you but  you’ve never really concentrated on it and focused in on what you truly have to be grateful for—this challenge is for you. If you know about the mind altering, atmosphere  changing, life giving effects of being grateful—this challenge is for you. It’s for everyone you know.

Spread the word and get your mind right. 😉 Tomorrow, Feb. 5th is the day we officially begin and we want you, your spouse or significant other, your children, your momma n’em—everybody to be amazed at their own blessings. It’s one thing to be thankful. It’s an entirely different thing to live intentionally with it and breathe it in and breathe it out for a concentrated amount of time.

We’re excited over here! Let’s get a little head start right now by sharing what you are grateful for in this moment. I’ll begin.

“I am grateful for the areas in my life that get on my last nerve and still cause me discomfort and pain—I know that without these issues I wouldn’t be who I am today and I wouldn’t get the chance to be who I will be tomorrow. I am a work in progress and I AM GRATEFUL to have the insight to know that all of my “stuff” is really a blessing in disguise helping me to become all that God created me to be”

Now, what about you?

13 replies
  1. Zenobia
    Zenobia says:

    February 21, 2012

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  2. Zenobia
    Zenobia says:

    I Am grateful I met a wonderful woman named Rosalind Morgan, and I want you all to know this about her husband. Please read and support in any way you can.


    On February 21, 1965 Malcolm X was assassinated.

    On February 21, 2005, there was an attempted assassination of Mr. Howard Morgan, an eight-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department and a thirteen year career policeman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He was shot 28 times by Chicago police officers. He was tried and found not guilty of four counts of attempted murder of a police officer on May 12, 2007.

    On February 21, 2012 Judge Clayton Crane is scheduled to sentence Mr. Morgan after being tried a second time (double jeopardy) and found guilty for the attempted murder of four policemen.


  3. Lana Moline
    Lana Moline says:

    I am grateful for every challenge because now I understand that it was preparation for something else!

  4. LaShone
    LaShone says:

    Thanks Aiyana for this post. I'm trying to to be more grateful for the things I do have as oppose to those I dont. I am grateful for my husband, family, friendships, job and home. I'm also grateful for having you in my life as a friend who keeps me grounded and inspires me to be a better person.

  5. neysa
    neysa says:

    I am grateful for growth. Grateful for grace and mercy. Grateful for love. Grateful for another chance to get it right.

  6. Salim Lien Ayoub
    Salim Lien Ayoub says:

    I am extremely grateful for life, my happiness, my blessings and God’s answers to my prayers. My faith and belief that God is always near me.

    Though I had many ups and downs, with more downs sometimes I have retained my positive attitude and have never lost hope in God. I am very ggrateful for bring alive, breathing, healthy and I always pray for the unfortunate ones and try to help as much as possible.

  7. Carie
    Carie says:

    Hi..This is really inspiring…Thanks a lot for the great post you shared us…
    My recent post Waterfront Key

  8. YaSheeka of ELLE
    YaSheeka of ELLE says:

    I am grateful for my experiences during this lifetime and the path that i was chose to follow. I may have stumbled off a few times but the essence of divine love has always brought me back. I am grateful for reconnecting with my soul again; my heart is filed with gratitude. In this chaotic world of dysfunction i am more than grateful to be HERE as i was destined to be.

    Thank you sis Aiyana, this is a beautiful post! Blessings

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