This blog is for days 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 of a month of gratitude.
Homework: Focus on your five senses one day at a time and celebrate with gratitude each of them in a special way. Take some time each day to imagine life without seeing, smelling, touching, tasting or hearing.
Friday, 10/9: Sight. Do you have a friend who is blind? How much time can you spend today with your eyes closed trying to imagine that life? Try getting dressed without sight. Can you brush your teeth and take a shower with your eyes closed. Give thanks and be specific. Consider the importance of visual art and its impact on your daily life. What are your favorite colors and why? You can easily get to a place of deep gratitude for the miracle workings of your eyes.
Saturday, 10/10: Smell. My friend Scott Lewis doesn’t have a sense of smell. They say that smell is the strongest memory trigger of all the senses. When you smell autumn leaves what do you feel? Make a gratitude list of your favorite smells and the memories that they help you experience… mowed grass, rain on pavement, sharpened pencil, coffee, etc.
Sunday, 10/11: Touch. Have you ever experienced a professional massage? The power of touching and being touched is a healing agent and a great gift from God. Researchers say that infants who are held regularly develop far beyond those who are left in their cribs. Touch matters. Try touching the shoulder of those you talk to today. Exchange a neck and shoulder rub with a friend. Give someone a foot massage. If you’re married, get naked and give each other that long overdue full body massage and take your time!
Monday, 10/12: Taste. Food is more than fuel. Food defines our culture, shows our family how much we love them, passes on our traditions, celebrates our holidays. Give God the thanks he deserves for your favorite foods. Why are they special to you? Thank the cooks in your life who’ve prepared them. Cook something special yourself today. Savor each bite of even the most common of snacks as you celebrate this sense today.
Tuesday, 10/13: Hearing. Do you own ear plugs? Try taking some time to experience being deaf. Consider the blessing of music today. What are your favorite types of music? What are your favorite songs from church. If you have a song book take it with you on your prayer walk today and remember those songs from the good old days that moved you so powerfully as a younger Christian. What are your favorite sounds from nature… waves? birds? leaves? Give God specific thanks today for all that you hear moment to moment.
Have fun growing in gratitude these next few days. Hope this helps. I’m going out of town on Rambo Weekend at Deception Pass with the Westside guys. I’ll be back and blogging for day 14 of our month of gratitude.