About 2 years ago I started a Gratitude Journal as I was reading The Artist Way. I also started writing in a journal every morning (well almost). After I had filled the journal below I incorporated this practice into my daily journal.
This practice has helped keep me grounded through a year that has been filled with un-anticipated highs and lows. Starting every day by realizing and giving voice to the things that I am grateful for really puts life in perspective. Some days it’s a lot easier than others but just forcing yourself to take a little time to reflect on what you are grateful for is such a wonderful practice.
So, on this Thanksgiving day when we American’s traditionally stop to give thanks; I’d like to share some of the things I am truly grateful for.
~My family who are all in good health and are finding happiness and prosperity in ways that constantly amaze me.
~Challenging myself to learn new things and get started on some of those things I’ve always wanted to do.
~The love of my husband and three furry fuzzy sweet kitties.
~Reconnecting with old friends (this year was my 20 year HS reunion!) in unexpected ways. Finding new friends in unexpected places.
~The opportunity to start my own business!
~Understanding that I am not defined by my career, my education, the way I dress or any other solitary thing.
~Knowing that each stage of life is only a chapter in “the book of life”.
~Time reflect and get to know myself again.
~Sharing the appreciation of local farms & food with others. I’m truly grateful for the farmers who work so hard to bring us this food. I’ll be feasting with my family upon a local meal this Thanksgiving.