As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget
that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy
With our US holiday of Thanksgiving upon us, I love being immersed in gratitude.
Thank you for being you!
From a broader perspective, I am thankful that you:
- Make time for your own growth and well-being.
- Are open to shifting your perspective to something that creates your life and work in a better way for you and those you love and serve.
- Are willing to take risk and try new things.
- Have an innate curiosity and love learning.
- Know you don’t have to "go it alone."
With gratitude for our connection here!
Thank you for making the world a better place with your presence.
What if, just for today,
I feel grateful for everything in my life?
I’d start with the obvious:
My health, my home, my friends, my family.
My wonderful work, my bills all paid.
I’d move on to everyday joys:
My cat sleeping in my lap,
The crisp, cool autumn air,
This delightful pumpkin latte,
The way the sun streams into my office,
My comfortable chair,
And my fabulous Pandora radio.One of my biggest reasons for gratitude this year, Jasmine joined our family on Easter this year. Her sheer joy and exuberance makes affirmative prayer spontaneous for me!
I’d contemplate all the gifts I feel honored to offer the world:
My love, my enthusiasm, my centeredness,
My clear thinking and my insightfulness.
I’d revel in the gifts I receive from others today:
Their love, their generosity, their kindness,
Their encouragement and their patience.
I’d thank God for the gift in what I consider “challenges:”
A misunderstanding and disagreement with a friend,
A seemingly missed opportunity,
What looks like self-sabotage,
Yet another headache or heartache.
I’d thank God for showing the face of God
All around me and from within me.
If I thought of anything for which I didn’t know
how to feel thankful, I’d feel gratitude
for the opportunity to see from a bigger perspective.
Until I could.
I’d feel profound gratitude for this incredible privilege
to be here now, alive on this planet,
contributing what I came here to give.
I’d do it again tomorrow.
– Ann Strong
What are you grateful for today?