2 Minute Grateful List {a challenge with a free printable}

A grateful list.

I need a grateful list today. It’s raining, and I don’t feel great, and I’m nervous about Samuel’s doctor visit, and I’m feeling overwhelmed with how underplanned my homeschool is for the fall right now, and there is laundry to be done, and the house needs a bit of work. I need, well, I need perspective.

I really need gratitude.

And sometimes I forget gratitude when I am in the midst of feeling like I am treading water. So instead of treading and thinking about everything that I can’t seem to get done or have yet to do or don’t know how to do I decided to sit down, set my timer for two minutes, and be grateful for all that is good. Simple things, really. Like this:

My 2 Minute Grateful List.
rain falling outside
samuel’s health
sound of chatter around me
kids laughing
clean living room
cards left on table after a game with the girls
buds on the trees
music playing
blogger platform
my purse from New Zealand
my friends who stayed with me in NYC
memories of my weekend
groceries in my fridge
my sweater
dryer that is running while I type
math {ha ha, yes math}
chocolate shakes
baseball games in the backyard
In the midst of being grateful, and making myself look at life with a different lens, the posture of my heart shifted from discontent to thankful. It was two minutes of my day — just two minutes to change my perspective.

So now, I challenge you. Β Right now where-ever you are. Write a grateful list.

It will only take two minutes. Here’s how.

It’s about the little simple everyday finding joy things.

If you’d like a 2 Minute Grateful list printable feel free to grab either of these grateful printables {they’re hosted on google docs}. The thankful one works fabulous with kids – start teaching them about looking for awesome and wonderful things now and you’ll be blessed by what they share {mine like yogurt, and a mom that gives hugs, and tomatoes from the garden}. Just take the time, those two minutes, as a family, or individually, to write down and remember the blessings that are all around you. Be blessed!

Click 2MinuteGrateful to download your free 2 Minute Grateful List Printable.
Click I’mThankful to download your free I’m Thankful for Printable.

What are you grateful for today?
What did you remember to be thankful for during your two minutes of gratitude?
For those of you who follow the finding joy facebook page – feel free to take a pic of your 2Minute Grateful list and share it on my page – I’d love to see them!

21 Responses to “2 Minute Grateful List {a challenge with a free printable}”

  1. August 13, 2012

    Alicia Reply

    perspective…yes, it changes everything. i think i need to do this pronto!

  2. August 13, 2012

    Stefanie Brown Reply

    What a great idea!

  3. August 13, 2012

    Misti Reply

    Awesome post, especially for a Monday morning. Going to do this NOW!

  4. August 13, 2012

    Laura Reply

    Thank you!

  5. August 13, 2012

    Sarah Reply

    So glad I stumbled upon your site today. Cute printables…even better way to change a Monday attitude. πŸ™‚

  6. August 13, 2012

    Libby Reply

    Thank you for the inspirtion to take 2 minutes to be grateful. Made it my Monday post.

  7. cute lists, rach! so glad and thankful to know samuel has grown so much since the last visit. rejoicing with you!

  8. August 14, 2012

    Heather's Blog-o-rama Reply

    This is a really cool list. You know what else is cool? That’s a lot of “thankful” moments that you listed in just two minutes. Imagine if we all did that? That would be fantastic πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather πŸ™‚

  9. August 14, 2012

    Wendy Reply

    I probably need to do this every Monday! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing. Hugs to you, my friend!

  10. August 14, 2012

    Paige Reply

    So true! When we focus on the good things that we are grateful for, all the bad things don’t seem so overwhelming ;).

  11. August 14, 2012

    Lynn Reply

    I saw an eagle while I was out walking today so had to share this passage. Praying!
    Isaiah 40:28-31 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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  12. August 14, 2012

    StacyA Reply

    My list at 2am.. when I read your post, up w/ a fussy baby.
    Finding the brightness adjust on my computer at 2am.
    Healthy Baby
    LilyAnne going back to sleep
    Big Kids who painted Trav’s room
    Teaching Textbooks
    Amazing Friends
    Heritage of Faith

  13. August 14, 2012

    Andrea Reply

    Awesome! Thank you πŸ™‚

  14. August 14, 2012

    Jennifer Diane Reply

    So wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your cute printables. I’m downloading them right now to use for our family activity tonight! πŸ™‚


  15. August 15, 2012

    sauer07 Reply

    Though it’s 2 days later, I am feeling today almost exactly like you did on Monday! I printed the lists and am off to grab a pencil…

  16. August 15, 2012

    fruitfulvine Reply

    First on my list will be…this blogpost. Whenever I am discouraged or beat down with the role(s) I have, my eye catches a new post on ‘finding joy’…thank you for sharing your beautiful wisdom.

  17. August 30, 2012

    Ras Family Reply

    This is wonderful! Thank you!!!

  18. September 12, 2012

    libbywilko Reply

    Thank you ! I plan on writing my list and including it into my Project Life album.

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    vinay bhardwaj Reply

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