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One Thousand Gifts, An Attitude of Gratitude

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 17, 2012

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Ann VoskampDo you ever wonder how you can find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama and daily duties?

Ann Voskamp has.

Author of the New York Times Bestseller, One Thousand Gifts, Voskamp penned a book addressing how to do just that and dares you to live fully right where you are.

In a day and age where culture tells us we should do more, be more and get more, isn't it refreshing to hear that we can be content with what we already have?

Hear more in today's VOX Daily.

Finding The Silver Lining

What if by giving thanks for the life you already have, you can find the life you have always wanted?

Ann Voskamp, a wife and mother of six homeschooled children, made the time to write a book from her family farm that has found its way into the libraries and hearts of those searching for meaning and purpose in the day-to-day happenings of their lives.

I first learned of Ann Voskamp when listening to a radio program hosted by Charles Morris called Haven Today. The interviews intrigued me and I bought a copy of the book.

After finishing the first chapter of One Thousand Gifts, I have been moved within pages to tears and hopeful expectation as she prepares the reader to join her on a journey of choosing God's grace and being grateful no matter the circumstance.

1000 Gifts...And Counting

One Thousand Gifts book cover, woman's hands holding a nest with two blue birds eggs. By author Ann Voskamp.As voice artists, one gift that you may count on your list is the gift of your voice with the ability to use it well. Your business could be another gift in addition to the support you receive from others to pursue your dreams.

Gifts come wrapped in all kinds of packaging, some more welcome than others, yet all are gifts. Consider the following quote in relation to how we respond to what enters into our lives:

"One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations."
- St. John of Avila

Being aware of the blessings in our life is one thing but jotting them down to see and reflect upon is another.

Writing things down, at least for me, allows for mere thoughts to take on a whole new dynamic and become more concrete.

I wonder what would happen if you put pen to paper and really thought about all of the amazing things around you that cause you to smile...

What About You?

Are there 1000 things for which you are grateful?

Why not get started with 1 gift to share as a comment here on this post!

Looking forward to hearing from you as always.

Best wishes,
Stephanie

Related Topics: child, how to, New York, radio


Comments


    My family is a gift I'm thankful for each day. The love, patience and support they provide is a treasure that can't be replaced!

    With their support, I'm indulging myself in a birthday gift this year--an opportunity to volunteer my gifts and show thanks for what I have:

    https://www.facebook.com/LearningAllyPhiladelphia

    Especially rewarding for me, my son, who is studying Audio Production in college, is joining me as a Learning Ally volunteer--we begin our Director training next week!

    Stephanie, many thanks for the gift you give, of keeping it all in perspective.

    Best Regards,

    Dan

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      My life has had some unexpected turns, but , usually , in the end they turn out to be a blessing. I am most grateful for my Wife, who is good at setting me straight. I am most grateful for two wonderful children. My Daughter is a mother and budding actress who gave us a wonderful grandson and my son is now a Pastor and praise leader at a church in Savannah, Georgia. God is not only good, he is incredible.

      JI, the grateful guy

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      • John Ihrig
      • July 18, 2012 9:59 AM

        Thank you for this book and the concept behind it. Being thankful and grateful is a widely underused tool that we all have. I am so fortunate to have gleaned so much from books like this that people have put together withe their personal stories.
        I am happy to say that I finally get it. We all have a story and it can help someone, somewhere to change their viewpoint on life. It often times can save a life as well.
        I started a blog almost two years ago and it has touched so many people as well. What a feeling to know that you have made a difference. Thank you for releasing more magic.
        To anyone reading this posting, remember, if you knew how powerful your story was to other human beings you would begin writing today! So why not just begin?

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          As a voice artist daily giving thanks for right where I am in the midst of looking for employment to support myself after being the full time caregiver to my mother who transistioned a couple of months ago after 10 years of full time care - I have to know daily that I am on the path to my hearts' desire. As I journey along I know the success is in the journey and not the destination. I pray and meditate on everything including down to what I will wear today. Staying in a mindset of God's Grace and being conscious to be Grateful for exactly right where I am right Now is helping me to be a better person and a much stronger person. Yes I am Grateful for everything because the things that come up in my Life that I used to term as a setback of problem - I now acknowledge as a lesson for growth and strength. So yes I am Grateful for all Life has to offer.

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          • PaMela Antwine
          • July 18, 2012 10:12 AM

            I am grateful for a supportive voiceover community! After years of searching, I found my people. VO's are some of the nicest, friendliest and most fun people on the planet! And this is most certainly the best job in the entire world!

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              Being grateful means to praise and accept what "is" instead of what "isn't". Is to take time to stop and take a look around us, and see how many blessings we have in our lives - yes, even the ones that don't look like blessings at the beggining.

              We tend to be grateful for the bigger things: an ideal job, a fat paycheck, a house, a car, family... but let's not overlook the value of the other "type" of unspoken blessings... the movement of our hands and feet, the ability to smell and hear, the luxury of having a hot meal every day, our freedom of speech, the fact that we can make a living with our voice! How amazing is that? We have so many things to be grateful for... don't just think about it once a year, at Thanksgiving or in Christmas... say it out loud every day, I accept my life "as is" and for that I am grateful!

              Thank you Stephanie for a great food for thought post!

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              • Liliana Ayende
              • July 18, 2012 6:16 PM

                Thank you for this, Stephanie! Sounds like a great book.

                I started a 'gratitude program' about 90 days ago, and every morning, I write down ten things that I'm grateful for, and also why I'm grateful. (So, I guess that means I'm up to about 900 entries, and I don't plan to stop any time soon.)

                Gratitude truly has transformed my perspective and my life.

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                  Whilst I'm generally not the least bit superstitious, I always find myself reaching for some wood to knock on whenever I explain my 'job' as a freelance voiceover to anyone. I am so very grateful to have a voice that people enjoy listening to and the experience to know how to use it properly. I am grateful for the existence of the internet and the fact that good recording technology is now so afforable, allowing me to send my voice to anywhere in the world from my bedroom!

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                    I'm so glad to read about gratitude from you Stephanie.

                    I'm writing to you from a small coastal town in South Africa, called Port Elizabeth.

                    We used to have a "I'm happy and grateful" list amongst some friends that we'd circulate via email. That was fun and made you think daily about what was new to be grateful for.

                    I've shifted to a whole new level of gratitude with Rhonda Byrne's book, "The magic". More gratitude equates to more blessings being attracted into our lives. Yesterday I had been contemplating how to be grateful despite the fact that I was off to the chiropractor to sort out my C1 and C2 joints in my cervical spine. Just as I was leaving, a voice job came through.

                    I recorded, compressed and emailed it to the client who today told me he doesn't need any further takes, he's happy with the three versions I sent him.

                    Now if the Universe sends me such amazing surprises who the heck am I to go around thinking that I'm a pain in my own neck? I changed my thinking immediately and was grateful that I was seeking treatment and that soon I would be in balance again and I was extra grateful for the unexpected voice job!

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                      Hi Tové,

                      Thank you for commenting and for sharing your story. I hope my reply finds you well.

                      Isn't it great to be able to count your blessings? I agree that being grateful makes you more aware of the blessings you already have and certainly more aware of those that continue to come your way. Seeing with eyes of faith through the lens of gratitude to accept whatever it is that you are led to as grace is liberating. It takes work though, doesn't it?

                      Sometimes it isn't easy to receive things or circumstances with gratitude that aren't what we would have chosen for ourselves. I find comfort in the knowledge that every good and perfect gift comes from above and if God brings us to a trial, He will lead us through it. There is always blessing in whatever comes our way if we choose to believe. Ann Voskamp referred to what may seem to be unfortunate circumstances or terrible tragedies as holes poked in a canvas through which we can get a glimpse of what God is doing in our lives, getting a front row seat as it were to God's working all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (refer to Romans 8:28).

                      I'd like to quote from the book One Thousand Gifts from page 22 where Voskamp, who has suffered a number of significant losses, says, "I wonder too...if the rent in the canvas of our life backdrop, the losses that puncture our world, our own emptiness, might actually become places to see. To see through to God. To that which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually be the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To the God whom we endlessly crave."

                      Thank you again for sharing. I found your story to be interesting :)

                      Best wishes,
                      Stephanie

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                        Hi Dani,

                        Thank you for commenting and for sharing :) I'm happy to hear that you are grateful for your voice, that people desire to work with you and that you can access opportunities from all over the world. What a gift! Nothing happens by chance and you are right where you are meant to be. I also liked that you mentioned gratitude for knowing how to use your instrument properly. That's important, too :)

                        Take care,
                        Stephanie

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