I’m sure you’ve heard of stop, drop and roll — it was the ubiquitous fire safety mantra for generations, although I’m not sure if it is still being used. And you may have heard of stop, drop and read. This is a newer twist and is used for young kids to implement more reading time, and oh by golly a little silencio for mama. But I am implementing a new manifestation of stop and drop, and it’s not give me 30 (sit-ups, push-ups, et) although that might be a good idea too. No my new one is this: Stop, Drop and Thank. When the summer grumpies get the best of someone in your household, make them sit down and write out a few things — 3, 5, 10 — for which they are grateful. Gratitude is a powerful, perspective-changing force. The only real guideline is that they must be specific. My grumpy boy today tried to use “family” as one of his — nope, unacceptable, sweet as it may sound. Being general doesn’t engender gratitude like being sincerely detailed will.
It’s all biblical anyway, just as Paul said, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18).
Have a great weekend. I’m starting my list of 5 right now.
Love to YOU,