Gratitude Monday 11/22

I love how there’s so much talk about gratitude in November, in Thanksgiving season.

What a wonderful awareness to have—remembering to be grateful for all the bounty in our lives, for the food we eat, for our loved ones, for the homes that shelter us, the clothes that keep us warm, for light and heat.

What would it feel like to convert that annual remembrance to a daily practice? This blog of mine evolved out of a daily practice I took on in 2002—writing a gratitude list of at least 15 items, every day. Asking myself that question, daily, made—and continues to make—an enormous shift in my life. This is a very powerful way to step into one’s greatness, leaving behind all the petty thoughts that trap us in our smallness. When I step into gratitude, I step away from the idea that I’m a victim of anything. I step away from self-pity and self-centeredness.

Gratitude changes my path. It guides me into acceptance, and peace, and generosity. And when we can be grateful for what we don’t even have yet, well, just imagine! My coach, Jackie Woodside, tells this story about a conversation with her five-year-old son, Nathan:

As I drove Nathan home from school one day, I asked him what he’s grateful for and he said “Otie, our new boat, and our new pet.” I didn’t need to remind him that Otie, our beloved 19 year-old cat, had just passed away, but I did comment, “But we don’t have a new boat or a new pet yet.” He said, very matter-of-fact, “I know.”

Imagine that. At five years of age, he already knows the benefit of being grateful in advance for the things we intend to draw into our lives. Neale Donald Walsch says, “Life proceeds from our intention for it.” I firmly believe that when we set forth an intention, hold it in high consciousness with clarity, and express gratefulness in advance for its arrival, it will unfold before us. I guess, since Nathan seems to have an intention for a new boat and a new pet, I better get ready for those things to arrive in our lives soon!

Adding gratitude to the practice of affirming what you are ready to receive in your life. What a powerful, juicy combination!

My invitation to you

Give yourself the gift of a gratitude practice. Every day, write a list of 15 items for which you are grateful. Share them here, as comments, if you like. Or post them to my Facebook page. Or keep them to yourself. Or share them in email with one or more loved ones.

Here’s mine for today:

Today I am grateful for

The concept of youthifying

The inner smile as I do all the beautiful self-care practices I have taken on

The clothing swap I attended last night: I gave away more than I took

Wonderful food and my talent with cooking

Homemade kombucha: my kombucha rocks!

Exciting work

Beautiful clients

Creative ideas inspiring me to make art

My art partner Jenny Bach

My daughter and our loving relationship

My reliable car

T’ai chi practice

Laughing loud and long

Babies and children in my life

This beautiful life!


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I’m a barely tamed hippie, sage, seasoned, sarcastic (not all the time any more, but still). I’m a mom, a daughter, sister, a neighbor, and a friend. I’ve been on this meandering journey — like you, probably — seeking a better connection to and experience of peace, harmony, and fun in every bit of life. I’m single, quite good at it, and mostly love it. I’m here for the conversations I get to have with you, which these days center on exploring the mystery and beauty of life, work, health, aging, and creative expression. Want to know a little more about me and my journey? Explore the site. Read the blog. Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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  1. My husband’s health
    Rental wheelchairs
    Thanksgiving with my family
    An amazing team at work
    Incredible friends
    Food brought by incredible friends
    Catching up on sleep
    Warm showers
    My herb garden
    The ability to travel
    My child-to-be
    Friends who come take me for a walk

  2. I’d be inclined to recognize with you one this subject. Which is not something I usually do! I really like reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

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