I am excited about sharing it and I hope you think the material covered is valuable. Gratitude is a feel good topic; everyone wants to be more grateful and to learn more about gratitude. But I have to warn you that it can also be hard work. It is something that you have to practice every day. Some days you’ll really want to practice and other days you won’t care and yet, if you intend to develop an attitude of gratitude, you’ll still have to do it. It takes a strong commitment and some even suggest that it necessitates a life-long commitment, like a VOW. What we know for sure is that gratitude has the power to heal, to energize and to change lives. Gratitude, in and of itself, changes everything.
My goal right now is to give you a quick overview of the course so you know what to expect and are ready to begin. This is an evolving course, i.e. a pilot. By that I mean that only God knows what I’ll be saying and what videos, music, poems, etc. will actually end up in the course. What I do know is that God is behind the whole idea and I have asked for some supernatural help so I’m expecting to get it.
Here is the current plan:
You can take the course at your own pace. I have removed the password so there is no need for a password any more. It is open to any one but I do encourage you to take the course in the sequence outlined. You can take as long as you want for each week’s lesson but still take them in order for it to make the most sense.
Week 1: (Lesson 1) –Gratitude as the memory of the heart — How to develop an an Attitude of Gratitude
Week 2: (Lesson 2) — Gratitude as a form of prayer — How to pray always
Week 3: (Lesson 3) — Gratitude turns what we have into enough — How to stop yearning for the greener grass on the other side that really isn’t any better than on this side of the road
Week 4: (Lesson 4) — Some Research on Gratitude and why we should care — How to get you to yearn for GRATITUDE with all your heart.
In order to wet your appetite I’ll close with this song of gratitude to the God who gives us all things and the God who with extravagant love cares for us each and every day of our lives. After the video I’ll include just a few logistic details about the course so you’re comfortable with the process.
Some Logistics (Remember the password is always gratitude online — be sure you put the space between the words “gratitude” and “online” otherwise it will take you to one of my old blogs on gratitude)
Today I cut off registration for the course at 100 people. I didn’t expect to have that many so the logistics are a little more complicated than I expected. On the other hand it is delightful to know that so many people are interested in gratitude. Here are some important points to help you through the mechanics of how the course will work:
- Each Wednesday in February you will get an email from me (February 1, 8, 15, 22).
- In the email you will receive a link to our blog which contains the lesson for the week.
- These lessons on the blog are password protected so that only those who are taking the course are able to access the course. The PASSWORD for all sessions will be gratitude online — no capitals and a space between the two words.
- During the week you will have suggested actions and reflections. You can comment about these on the blog or on any content within the blog, i.e. what was most helpful? what touched you the most? what new information can you add? etc. As you scroll down the page to the very bottom you will see an open area for your comments; it will say LEAVE A REPLY. Once you complete your comment you can click SUBMIT. It won’t appear right away. In order to keep the site clear and secure I have set it up so that I release comments after I review them. I hope you can bear with my scrupulosity around site security.
- Although I will read every comment, because there are 100 people in the course, I will not be able to comment the way I would want to comment. If you want a personal reply from me or if there is a problem then you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply. Be merciful to me I may be slower than you’d like in getting back to you but I’ll do my best.
- I will be using other resources throughout the course, e.g. YouTube Clips, links to poetry, links to documents on the website. If you have difficulty with any of them just let me know. To get a full screen view of the YouTube Clip click on the square box at the bottom right of the YouTube clip, to get back to normal view just hit that same square box or tap on the Escape key (the ESC key at the top left of your keyboard).