We know we need to keep moving.
We know we need more contentment in our life.
So why not channel my vivacious mother in law, Rosemarie (AKA Rosie), age 79, and take a Gratitude Walk each morning?
First, get up as early as you can. And get out the door before your brain has a chance to notify your body that there’s the option of sleeping in.
Then consider Rosie’s Routine –
Rosemarie starts by saying, “Thank you, Father. ” (She tells me, “Since I never really had an earthly father, this small phrase touches my heart in a deep manner.”)
Then she may sing a hymn such as “It is Well with my Soul” or “How Great Thou Art.”
As she walks around her neighborhood, Rosemarie notices the beauty that surrounds her. (And there is always beauty to be acknowledged….a blade of grass, a leaf, a squirrel…even the rain and wind are cause for a grateful heart.)
Rosemarie thanks God that she is able to walk and prays for those who can’t.
Then she names each family member and expresses gratitude for that person being part of her life. She asks God to bless everyone spiritually, physically, and financially.
She expresses her thanks for God’s protection.
She tells God how grateful she is that she has a relationship with him and that she is aware of his love and presence.
She expresses gratitude for our country.
And she asks for angels to be with us.
When she returns to her apartment, Rosemarie is refreshed spiritually and physically.
So, ready to take the challenge? How about incorporating a Gratitude Walk for the next 10 days?
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we can always walk around our house or apartment, humming a hymn, and raising our hands in thanks. (Here in Chicago, mid-April has brought snow — in response to which a recent Facebook post read, “April, you’re drunk! It’s time to go home!”)
Personally, my first thank-you will be to God for giving me a mother in law who models resilient faith, abundant love, authentic joy, and self-deprecating humor.
God bless you, Rosie! And keep walking!
As we celebrate Passover and Easter (at the same time this year) let us be thankful for all that we have. Our families, first and foremost, great friends, love, and good health.
Barclay and I thank each and every one of you for your support, your belief in us, and your devotion to what we write. They are our most personal thoughts and musings as we navigate this retirement road of life.
Reflect, walk, and listen to Rosie! Wisdom comes from living a life well lived!
Enjoy the Ride!
xox Barclay & Joy