Rewire — to wire again.

Not long ago, Keck and I started to build better habits. Bouyed by hearing author, Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit, and Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN’s medical correspondent, speak about life changes that stick and why, we set out to change our lives.

The most difficult change was the one in which I tried to have a more positive mind set. I didn’t want to be a “Polyanna,” I wanted to mind my thoughs.

I snapped this shot in a quaint little tea shop in London. The sign painted on the low overhead space kept patrons from knocking themselves out.

I was reminded of this when I was scrolling through Facebook today and found this meme posted by my friend, Barbara.

One of the things, we learned about our habit changing adventure was that habits take as long as they take. We learned that the average time it really took to make a change was 81 times or days on average. Believe me when I say, I’m way below average when it comes to changing.

Changing takes a long time. Rewiring a brain takes as long as it takes. It’s a matter of what you choose to do every single day. For Ann Voskamp it took a year and a notebook. Three things every single day, until gratitude was etched into her attitude.

For her, it wasn’t that everyone needed to have enough gratitude. It was a season in her life that taught her to rewire how she thought. It helped her steer through bad days and dark nights. Her book, One Thousand Gifts, was about a dare. When Voskamp dared to count her blessings her life changed for the better.

Being grateful for three things for 21 days is a fantastic start. Yet, don’t think it’s done, you’ll have set backs. You’ll have to start over. It’s okay.

Do you dare to be grateful? Do you dare to try to change? ❤

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. 

Philippians 4:8