TToT Throwback

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Today friends and fellow bloggers are celebrating the Sixth Anniversary of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop started by Lizzi Lewis back in June of 2013. I haven’t written a TToT post in some time, but this is one party I don’t want to miss! As I was looking back through my TToT posts of years past, I came across this post from my previous blog and felt like it was worth resharing. It all still rings true…

December 12, 2013

This year Lizzi over at Considerings started a wonderful little weekly blog hop called Ten Things of Thankful that asked us to “focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for.” It wasn’t long before the little group began to grow by leaps and bounds as the word spread and folks came to share, find encouragement, and meet some awesome new friends!

I soon discovered that the weeks I struggled with doubt and felt least like I would be able to come up with ten things I was grateful for, were the weeks that I most needed to make the list to remind myself of all the blessings I have. Once I got started on a list the thoughts came easily, and by the time I was finished my whole attitude had changed for the better; it proved to be a wonderful way to begin the weekend!

I admit that it can be hard to find the time to compile a list and write my post, and I don’t get it done every week, although that is my goal. Sometimes I feel guilty about participating when I can’t make it around to all the other blogs to read and comment, but I try to randomly visit as many as I possible. I’ve also had to do some thinking about comments made to me by someone who felt that such lists can be a form of bragging and may make others feel bad for what they don’t have. I’ve decided that for me at least, the difference between bragging and recounting blessings is remembering where the credit goes. Very few of the good things in my life happen out of my own doing, they come to me purely by the grace of God, and my lists are a testimony to the truth that God is Good!

If we compare ourselves to others we will always find a reason to feel slighted, but if we adopt the attitude of celebrating the good things that happen to others, it uplifts us too. It helps us to reach outside of ourselves and see beyond our own little world, and to appreciate that others struggle just as much as we do. We can cry with them when life is hard, and we can rejoice with them when things are good… and at Ten Things of Thankful, we do. Sometimes the biggest blessing of a really difficult week has been having caring friends at TTOT to share with!

I think I can safely speak for most of us there when I say that Ten Things of Thankful is one of the very best things that’s happened this year, and I can’t thank Lizzi and her fabulous team of co-hosts enough for all the work they do to bring this blessing to our lives – the proof is in the enthusiastic response… drop by Lizzi’s place sometime and see for yourself!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this past year, it’s that there is ALWAYS something
in our lives to be thankful for; thru good times and bad the grace of God sustains us.

-JTS-

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26 thoughts on “TToT Throwback

  1. What a great testimony of the benefits of the Ten Things of Thankful! I agree with you that there is a difference between thankfulness and bragging. I also agree that God is the source of all good things, and as we acknowledge the blessings we have, we are more apt to feel happier and more peaceful, even when we have struggles. Thanks for sharing this throwback post!

  2. I’m so very happy you reshared your original post, and am completely with you about sometimes feeling weird about “bragging” but ultimately knowing, as you found that “If we compare ourselves to others we will always find a reason to feel slighted, but if we adopt the attitude of celebrating the good things that happen to others, it uplifts us too.” I love these words. It’s a reminder that the tide rises as we encourage one another and helps us to also help others. When I feel blessed and grateful, I look around me and volunteer and donate to things I believe in. There’s so much truth and goodness in that.
    Happy to see you on your blog too – FB is nice but lovely to read your words.

  3. It has been great to have this look into TToT…as it is a new world for me. I love this line in your post: “If we compare ourselves to others we will always find a reason to feel slighted, but if we adopt the attitude of celebrating the good things that happen to others, it uplifts us too.” I think that this extends to ourselves too–meaning that we want others to be able to celebrate their good things, and we can treat ourselves with the same love…and, as you say, the best things that happen to us aren’t really about us at all, and, so I believe, showing gratitude for them is a way of recognizing that. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I agree with you entirely about learning to treat ourselves with love and compassion. It has to start there, and then it grows! I often find myself feeling most happy when something wonderful happens to someone else, it’s kind of a payback for loving them to begin with!

    1. Thank you, Mimi! It never ceases to make me smile when I acknowledge how being grateful just expands and expands until I see more of the wonders of the life I have been blessed with than I ever did before!

  4. Hey, Josie! Good to ‘see’ you.
    (Great mind department: similar approach to commemorating a pretty darn impressive run.)
    And we all owe you a debt of gratitude for your hard work taking over for Ms. Lewis (talk about a tough act to follow! ayiiee)
    We are putting number 6 on this week’s TToT in large part because you were there and able to carry this thing into the future.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Clark! I loved finding your throwback TToT post too!! One of the pleasures of blogging is going back to who we were and what we wrote in years gone by. So much good has come from the TToT, and I am grateful that Lizzi allowed me to pick it up for a bit and that Kristi so graciously offered to take it on after me. I can see this continuing for many years to come, and I think it will be fun to see similar reunion updates down the road!

  5. Hi Josie, I’m new to the blogging world but have always been a big believer in recognizing that blessings are all around us, if we just choose to see them. It’s so important to see the good going on around us and to realize that there is always someone else dealing with even tougher things than we may be going though so deep breaths and carry on! Being a mom to a special needs child (and 3 other young children) is tough work but with a positive spin on the chaos and curveballs that are thrown my way, I do better – so much better- for them and for me. I wrote a post about the moment I realized I needed to shift my perspective as a mother of challenging kids, and it’s a life-changer to force oneself to see the positives and practice more uplifting self-talk.

    1. Welcome to blogging, I’ve always found it to be one of the best forms of free self-care around! Such a wonderful, supportive group of folks, especially at the TToT! Like you, I had to come to the realization that although life can be really tough at times, our attitude and how we approach those struggles makes all the difference. Learning to see the blessings opens us up to more possibilities and helps curb the grumbling!

  6. I loved reading your post from 2013! I so agree with your “Very few of the good things in my life happen out of my own doing, they come to me purely by the grace of God, and my lists are a testimony to the truth that God is Good!”

    1. Thank you, Pat! For me, the whole essence of gratitude is about Who we are thankful to for all the blessings we have. When we know there is something much larger than us at work in our lives we move away from ego and make more room for grace. ❤

  7. Oh my dear friend, you are so right!!! It’s great to see a Blast From Your Past here! God knows I never get here enough but thank you for inviting me! You’re one of the dearest things in my life and I appreciate you greatly! You will always be in my top 10 list! XO, Z –

    1. Dearest Zoe, this comment warmed my heart and made my day! I’m glad we both decided to make the effort to participate in this wonderful gathering of friends, it reminds me of what is good about blogging and how it improves my attitude! When I am writing, I often find myself smiling. 🙂

  8. Thank you being a part of TTOT. I am relatively new to TTOT, but it is already has become I enjoy doing every week. It helps so much to focus on the good thing in our lives.

    1. You have done a wonderful job at showing up with a TToT list each week, Viola, even when some weeks have been harder. That’s the whole purpose of doing it, helping us to look beyond our troubles to all the blessings we do have in our lives. I love your lists, and I am so happy for how great you are doing these days! ❤

    1. When I go back to re-read my earlier posts such as this I am often surprised by what has changed and what remains the same. My believe that gratitude is essential to our wellbeing is only reinforced by the knowledge that I’ve held that tenet for six years now and it still rings true. I have totally enjoyed this anniversary gathering!

  9. I love this resharing of an old post, and definitely think that the bragging thing *could* be misconstrued if you were listing your Ferraris and foreign homes, however this is NOT what I have ever seen here (or in any TToT posts, really) because the point is that thankfulness is a kind of therapy and mindfulness, as well as remindfulness, that there is so much good in our lives if we only remember to look for it and pay attention.

    1. So you don’t want photos of my Ferrari and island home, then?? LOL Just as it started out with you, thankfulness is indeed a powerful form of therapy, and the best part is that it can be shared. When I read someone else’s thankfuls I began to see more of my own! I know that the beginnings of the TToT started as a seed in your heart, to help heal yourself, and look what it has grown to be! This just goes to show how much good one person can do if they are willing to start somewhere! I will always be grateful to you! XOXO

  10. I am enjoying reading how each of us came to the TToT in the first place! You came through Lizzi, I came through Christine. What a beautiful tapestry that has been woven! Thanks for sharing that early post!

    1. It is amazing how each of us has been drawn into the group by someone who found it beneficial to be grateful and to share it. Sometimes we’ve had to work so hard to think in terms of thankful, and yet we now have all come to know that there really is always something! I pay so much more attention to the good these days!

  11. Very smart and true points in here. Nice to look back and see how we all found one another and how the connections have grown and crossed and multiplied! Glad to know you! xo

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