Gratitude is the Word

Gratitude AttitudeSomething happens to me at this time of year. I start to reflect on the entire year and my life in general and notice those things that make my heart open and fill up. There is a lot in our lives to be grateful for and most of the time it goes unnoticed – because our brains are wired for survival. We have to stay alive in order to feel grateful. And yet, gratitude is what makes life worth living. For that reason I have made it a habit to slow down and acknowledge those wonderful gifts in my life – my relationships, my family, my work, my staff, the support structures (institutional and physical) that make it all work well, and to the natural environment that touches my soul on a regular basis.

Yesterday I got to spend my birthday with my mom (perfect, right?) It was so much fun. I am deeply grateful for her continuing health and love that made yesterday possible. Anyway, we were driving down the road to dinner and I welled up with appreciation for my family, staff and the cadre of friends and colleagues who help and support me in my life. You all know who you are – and I send you all a big hug!

Gratitude is at the top of my list right now – have you thought about your relationship with it recently? Going into the holidays it really creates an atmosphere that maximizes the pleasure we can receive from life. And, enjoy!

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