As many of you know, this is my favorite time of the year.  It is the trigger to slow down, focus on family, re-calibrate my thinking to  'what really matters' and set my spiritual barometer to grateful.  Sounds like that will take some doin', but you would be surprised how easily it falls into place with a comfortable chair, a hot cup of tea and a journal.  With those three things, anything is possible. 



 Grateful...So Grateful
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Quote of the Month

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

William Arthur Ward



Action of the Month 

Buy a box of Thank You Cards and send notes to people to thank them for what they have done     for you.






I had promised myself that I would start a gratitude journal a couple of times andGratitude had maybe three or four journals with a couple pages started. I did not want the long gaps in between entries to mock me, so I would start a new one and pretend the other one did not exist. I have even torn out old pages so I did not feel guilty when I saw them. I would write in journal, but it did not feel free. I struggled for words and it ultimately did not sound authentic or grateful. It was like meditating with one eye open.


Then one day, it all changed. I wrote at the top of the page, "I am grateful for my imperfections because they have taught me..." and made a list. At the end of the list, I wrote, "I am grateful for every lesson." I don't make a lot of journal rules or shoulds, but journaling has become an important part of resetting my spiritual barometer. It puts things in perspective and opens a dialogue with a part of me that often does not get to speak when I am 'too busy'.  It taps into my  truth and allows me to be vulnerable...a place where possibility can grow.


Every year at Thanksgiving, we go around the table and each person says what they are grateful for. Their gratitude comes from the soul and every answer touches my heart. It is such a gift to hear their souls speak if even for just a few seconds. It is priceless experience that reminds me that THIS is what really matters.  Not titles, money or things. It is a little peek into their journal. 


My hope for you is that you entertain the thought of starting a gratitude journal and that it opens a door for you to new possibilities, deeper understanding and joy. You may be surprised where it takes you and I promise will be grateful.






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