Expressions of Gratitude

gratitudeWith the Canadian Thanksgiving just one week away I felt it was a very appropriate time to post about GRATITUDE.

I need to revisit this topic often as I find myself sometimes slipping into the abyss of “woe is me”….and I have SO VERY MUCH to be grateful for.

I give thanks for having my loving, caring, supportive, generous and FANTASTIC partner, Paul.  He is my rock.  I tell him this often.   We have been partners in life now for 23 years.   It is a wonderful journey together and it continues.   For you, my dear….I am forever grateful and forever in love.

We have three great “adult kids”….(to me they are my step kids…if that is the right term) and they all have wonderful life partners.  They are all unique and each holds a very special place in our world.  Two couples have provided us with 4 beautiful grandchildren…two boys and two girls.  They are all very special.   The third “adult kid” and beautiful wife are bringing our 5th grandchild into the world in December.  Another little girl that we are so excited to meet and love.   For all of  you…I am grateful.

I admire Paul’s sister who is the finest example of “grateful”.  She is always happy.   She is a very spiritual person.  I admire her and I always think of her when I am not at my peek.  She seems to always be at her peek.  Although we do not get together often enough….I know that her love and support is with us at all times.  Carol-Anne…you inspire me to be a better person.  I admire your faith and compassion, always giving of your time and energy to help others.  You are the best example of “gratitude”.

I give thanks for having a great family.  Having good family ties is so important to me.  I love spending time with my family and extended families, although not often enough.  When we do get together it is always good fun and good therapy.  We are all gathering on Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy delicious fall cuisine and to give thanks to each other and celebrate our gratitude for so much.  There will be new babies to meet as my many nephews and nieces are all at that place in their lives where growing their families is top priority.  There will be new members of our extended family in attendance too.  It is going to be a great reunion.  To my family and extended family, I love you and am grateful to you.  To list all of the unique qualities that set you all apart and secures your place in my heart would take me forever so you will just have to trust me when I say you are all uniquely special.  See you next weekend. xo

I (we) have great friends that we cherish.    We enjoy our times spent with them.   xo    Dear friends….I am grateful for our friendships and look forward to many more good times.  xo

We have such abundance in our lives, and I’m not speaking about material….That is irrelevant when you get right down to the “nitty gritty” of gratitude.

Don’t just celebrate special occasions like birthdays and holidays.  Cultivate gratitude in daily life.   As written in the book “Essential Spirituality” by Robert Walsh, MD., PHD., “We can be grateful because we are happy, but we can also be happy because we are grateful”.

I try to keep “gratitude” in my daily life by writing down 3 things in a journal each day that I am grateful for.  When I sit down to do this quick exercise it makes me think about all of the blessings in my life on a day to day basis.  Interestingly, I was doing this exercise daily for quite a long period of time and then let it slip by the wayside.  Noticeably, my mood and level of “happy” dropped down when I stopped doing this journaling.  I am back at it and it makes a huge difference to my sense of well-being and overall happiness.  Crazy but true.  Give it a try.

Below is a link to a very interesting project on “gratitude”.  I think it is a good little clip…definitely worth sharing.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everybody.  May you enjoy happy times with family and friends.  Hold your loved ones close.  Tell them how special they are to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oHv6vTKD6lg

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