Reblogged from 2013
I’m a journalist and the first thing they teach you in J school is the “5 Ws.” Always make sure that the following questions are answered when you’re covering a story:
If you’re struggling with an attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving, try applying this to your own story. Grab a pen or keyboard and get started answering these questions-
1. Who are you grateful for? Your list may be as long as you arm or only have two names, but if you ponder for a moment surely some people (past and present) come to mind. Perhaps it was your grandmother when you were a child; maybe a teacher who believed in you; a special friend who stood by your side when you were hurting; a spouse or child who loves you no matter what…
2. What are you grateful for? This might be the hardest one if you’re in physical or emotional pain, can’t make ends meet or are seriously ill, but take a moment to get past that struggle to think of how much worse it could be. Do you have a bed? Have you eaten today? I know it sounds trite, like your mom reminding you that there are starving kids in Africa, but it is a good way to gain perspective.
3. When are you grateful? A time frame in your life (childhood, a job you loved, etc.) or even a really wonderful day when something just blessed your socks off. This is an important and valid way to remind us of the good things.
4. Where are you grateful? Consider a place where you made the best memories. Focus on that place (use your senses: remember the smells, sounds, sights and textures) to revive those sweet memories. I bet you find yourself smiling.
5. Why are you grateful? Does your thankfulness center on material things, relationships, health, or success in ministry and work? The reasons and focal point of your gratitude will reveal much about your priorities. Maybe there needs to be a shift?
There is an added letter journalists factor in when appropriate; H. How?
How do you show gratitude? Do you remember to thank the clerk at Circle K and your server at McDonald’s? Do you acknowledge the hard work your spouse invests in their job or home? Do you tell your employer that you’re grateful for the paycheck? And most importantly, do you tell God how thankful you are for the countless ways He has blessed you?
I am grateful for the people who put up with me, especially you. Anything you want to say to me? Happy Thanksgiving.