Thank You! My word for 2017

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My word for 2017…Thank You!

I know being thankful is often discussed…giving thanks…focusing on saying thank you…not relatively new ideas.  But here is why these two words are taking on a new meaning for me in 2017.

See, in 2016 I found myself saying…”I am sorry”…a whole bunch.

I am sorry I was late…sorry mommy forgot to fill out the paper…sorry mommy forgot to buy that at the store…sorry I didn’t remember to do that.

I have been beating myself up over and over for not being super woman mom and handling all that life throws at me with homeschooling, working, and caring for my husband.

Maybe you do the same thing? Trying to battle a little mom guilt here.

Here is the original cartoon that was written last year on Say Thank You Instead of I am Sorry.

For some reason I never saw the cartoon until 3 days ago…it was like a huge illuminating light went off in my head…hey I feel like I am saying I am sorry all the time. It only took about 5 seconds for my heart to know that would be my word for 2017.

In 2017 I want to say:

  • Thank you for understanding mommy is dairy free and doesn’t notice when we are out of milk.
  • Thank you for being my friend when my life is so messy.
  • Thank you for helping mommy make dinner after a long day of work.
  • Thank you for listening to me struggle with how to handle life situations.
  • Thank you for showing up during the hard stuff!

While there is still moments that require I am sorry…I know it will be balm to my soul to give thanks.

A few weeks before Christmas I briefly caught up with a dear friend. It had been a hard week and I knew I was near tears…yet again. I tried to share quickly what was going on…and I ended with I am so sorry for crying…I have cried so much this year…I just can’t stand myself.

With the wisdom and direction of thought she so often provides…she said ” I think it’s great that your heart has not harden.”

Well there you have it…a change in thought…Thank you for tears…and no need to be sorry.

Here is an article I found that goes into the psychology of the difference.

Say Thank You Instead of I’m Sorry

Now to stay on target with “Thank You” for 2017!

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Comments

  1. Hi Stacey,

    Great article, and thank you for the link to my blog post about saying “thank you” rather than “I’m sorry”! I hope you’re able to implement that and reap its benefits – it’s a struggle at first, but it becomes easier as time goes on.

    Best of luck in the New Year,

    Jennie

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