I’m teaching my children about gratitude by giving them the silent treatment.
This has not been easy.
Practicing gratitude during a season when they are constantly bombarded with messages telling them to ask for more has been challenging. Actually, that’s putting it mildly…it’s been downright impossible.
There, I said it.
I couldn’t quite nail it at first. It felt like my words sailed over their little heads. There at the kitchen table one night, I gave what I thought was a simple yet profound talk about the importance of being grateful and on good stewardship. In return, I got four pairs of beautiful brown eyes with blank stares.
Message not received.
I decided to take a different approach.I decided to give my kids the silent treatment. I’m allowing my actions to show them how to be grateful. So, for the next three weeks, I’m turning off the television, turning off the radio, and am limiting our Internet usage to only homework and blogging.
I need to silence the competition. I figured that competing with all the other voices out there would derail my intent.
I want to be a good example, although disconnecting with the world has not been easy for any of us.
I remain resolute, however.
The truth is the world wants us to believe that this is the season of spending. I believe otherwise. More than anything right now, we need to embrace and believe that this is the season of silence, of quiet reflection. This is the season of miracles. This is the season of thanksgiving.
While it’s been a little quiet around the house lately, there’s surprisingly more chatter around the kitchen table – completely unexpected and wonderful chatter. In shutting out the world, my kids are learning that we already have enough. There’s abundance all around us: abundance in love, trust, respect, friendship, peace, and hope.
All of the great things you realize you have when you are still.
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