My Gratitude Journal

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on all the things you are grateful for and, I am incredibly thankful as this year draws to a close. I have a beautiful, healthy new grandson. My daughter and son-in-law are loving new parents, and I am experiencing the joy of being a grandma. My youngest daughter is doing exceptionally well both professionally and personally. She discovered some things about herself that changed her perspective on life and how to manage things as they arise. I couldn’t be more proud of where she is today. For me, I spent a lot of time by myself this past year, getting comfortable with who I am and what I want. As we age, the things we want and the things we enjoy change. We must be open to the change with grace and loving-kindness for ourselves.

I have also made it easier to recognize all I am thankful for by focusing on my gratitude daily and not waiting for something, someone, or an event. A simple shift in my daily routine has changed so many things for me. It has calmed my heart, settled my body, and brought a different perspective to my mind. 

So today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, I ask you this question, “What are you grateful for?” We all have our standard answers like family, friends, health, a roof over our head, and maybe a job. How would you like to deepen your perspective, maybe shift some things in your life, or add something that might be missing?

A simple suggestion is to take 15 minutes every morning for a guided mediation or deep breathing followed by writing in a journal. Date the page and write your intention for the day along with three things you are grateful for. They can be the same every day or something that just happened, or something you want to happen. Try incorporating in the sentence “I am”. I am happy, enough, lovable, intelligent, beautiful, open to learning, perfect just the way I am. I believe you will see a massive change in your life, and if you stick to this for at least one month, you will be happier. Your life will feel calmer, and you will start every day with a sense of peace and grounding. You will walk out your door ready to take on anything that comes your way. 

I find that my morning ritual has become part of my day, just like showering and brushing my teeth. Breathwork and journaling are something I have to do to feel complete and ready to meet my day. This daily practice reminds me that, even when things get hard, stop and breathe. Slow down and take things in stride. Life is good, and everything is going to be okay. If you can focus on positive energy, gratitude, happiness, and joy, you will invite incredible change into your life, and there is no better feeling than knowing you have changed your story or re-written your legacy. 

Linda and I wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving filled with the gift of faith and the blessing of hope! As you gather on this day, be thankful for what you have, the family you love, the friends you cherish, and the blessings that will come. Happy Thanksgiving!


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