As the year is winding down and the Holiday Season is upon us, there is a fresh burst of Gratitude outpouring from the world. Everywhere I look, read or listen in, folks are talking about being Grateful. I couldn’t help myself, I had to write down my Top 20 gratitude’s as well!
When your world goes to hell, whether a tragedy comes into your life, the struggle continues unrelenting or a disaster strikes, is gratitude amongst the thoughts running through your mind?
Gratitude, as I was reminded just today, isn’t something we should live with in our hearts only during the few short weeks of the holidays. Gratitude is something that needs to be acknowledged every single day. We need to show and speak our Gratitude to our Highest Power, to ourselves, to our loved ones and to the people who come into our lives, by chance or design, every day.
“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ~G.B. Stern
First, I wanted to share with you the Top 20 Gratitude’s that came to mind as I considered sharing this thought with you.
- I am so eternally grateful to God. He always has my back and so consistently forgives my shortcomings.
- I am grateful for my son, Zachariah. He changed my life simply by being and has made me a better person teaching me to become a Mother.
- I am grateful for my daughter for being mystery and utter confidence into my life in every way and making it so real but a daily dose.
- I am grateful to have Terry Overly, my Boss and Mentor, stand as the only Father I have ever had.
- I am grateful to the Internet. (Yes, really!) It brought so many gifted, wise and generous humans into my life.
- I am grateful to my Mother, who has always loved me…. Even when quite honestly, I don’t know if anyone else could have.
- I am grateful to my Foster Parents Russell and Kay Weise, who gave me rules, a home, structure, kindness, love and a future.
- I am grateful to my Grandfather, who was my best and sometimes my only friend as I was growing up. He always accepted me exactly as I was and never stopped teaching me how to be brave.
- I am grateful that I am blessed with the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world each day, through the Internet and Social Media.
- I am grateful to have a “JOB” that I absolutely love and find hard to describe as a “JOB.”
- I am grateful to have a home, heat and food; enough for my family and anyone who happens by. So many do not have these things.
- I am grateful to be alive. There is still so much to do, see, learn and so much love to give away.
- I am grateful to the mountains that surround us and are so very high and hard to climb. They make each summit a personal victory.
- I am grateful to people who are kind. There is not enough kindness in the world and every little bit helps it spread as well as reminding me too, to be kind.
- I am grateful to so many people who have helped me to learn so much in such a short period of time.
- I am grateful to so many people leading by example, teaching me to be a better me, human, neighbor and Leader.
- I am grateful for each difficulty I have faced. Each one has taught me so much and opened new doors helping me to become more.
- I am grateful to each opportunity I am granted to be courageous.
- I am grateful for the miracles I have been witness to.
- I am grateful to those who by being part of my life and give me the strength to keep going when I believe I cannot.
Gratitude is (as written by Psychology Today) an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has.
Disasters, tragedy, hardships and struggles; we’ve certainly felt bombarded during our lifetimes with all of these. Yet, they are not what they appear to be, in hindsight.
~ I have gone so far as to call them Blessings.
What I have learned from these difficult times is so long as I look forward, I will survive, something will change, the sun will rise and I will try again. The lessons have been terrible; there is no honesty in saying differently. The gifts, the blessings, some could (and I do, quite often) say, are for me to pass on and for us all to learn from.
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~William A. Ward
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart
“My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm.” ~Maureen McCullough
Now that you are in a Gratitude state of mind, remember this bit of wisdom as well. This is one of my all time favorite quotes and it also serves to remind me daily to Stay the Path.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
~ My heart runeth over with gratitude for you.