Gratitude

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Another perspective piece from G:

Thanks for reading. ~Sallie

Don’t we all have about a kaqillion things to be grateful for every day? I mean just the fact that your heart beats and you can take a breath is cause for thanks. Think for a minute about the special feeling YOU get when you feel appreciated. Isn’t it a warm, “fuzzy” feeling. To know that whatever effort you put forth, great or small, is appreciated. To know that people know that you’ve helped in some way. And when we are the ones who should be grateful for something, and fail to show that gratitude, don’t you feel guilty? And when you do acknowledge the action or effort of another for you, doesn’t that somehow make you feel relieved that even if reciprocation isn’t possible, at least you’ve acknowledged the other persons act?

I begin every day of my life with a simple prayer, an act of gratitude that also may be an act of Faith: “THANK YOU GOD FOR ANOTHER DAY, AND THE OPPORTUNITIES IT BRINGS!” ANOTHER DAY ! Another chance to DO better, to BE better. That’s something to show gratitude for ! THANK YOU for reading this.

 

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Attitude of Gratitude

Dear Fellow Journalers,

As promised, MaryBeth as another great article about Gratitude.

~Sallie

Gratitude is the memory of your heart. When we express gratitude, we acknowledge that others have gifted us. We are all one family on a journey. Our paths are different but we are all on the journey of life. We, in America, have just gone through a contentious, bitter and angry election process. While some of us encouraged the rest of us to remain calm, to be willing to compromise and to be true to ourselves others in the guise of unity sought to tear the fabric of our country apart.

gratefulness keeps us in the present moment. All we have to do is anchor ourselves to the family of God. Here are some of the things that help me maintain an Attitude of Gratitude:

 

 

I am grateful for my marriage. I am grateful for my friends.

I am thankful for my good and patient teachers who taught me how to appreciate music and .art.

I am thankful for pumpkins!

I am grateful that I live in New England and have such beautiful colored leaves.

I am grateful for my talents.

I am grateful for all of you for sharing your journey with Sallie.

~ MaryBeth

 

Thinking of you Friday

It’s Friday again…

 

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~Sallie

 

Every minute

Dear Fellow Journalers,

November is Gratitude Journal month … how is your writing going?

Every minute someone leaves this world behind.We are all in “the line” without really realizing it. We never know how many people are before us.We can not move to the back of the line. We can not step out of the line. We can not avoid the line.

So while we wait in line….

Make moments count. Make priorities. Make the time.

Make your gifts known. Make nobody feel like a somebody.

Make your voice heard. Make the small things big.

Make someone smile. Make the change. Make love. Makeup.

Make peace. Make sure to have no regrets. Make sure you are ready.

Above all else, make sure you tell your people that they’re loved and come to have a  personal relationship with the God that created you.

~Sallie

Pursuit of Happiness- Being Grateful (2)

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Gratitude comes in many forms. When we were kids, our parents, wanting us to be grateful for everything they sacrificed for us, focused on the “stuff”. But as we reflect on this we learned that gratitude is not “stuff”, gratitude is an emotion. When we remember the happy memories of when we received the new bike, book, car etc., then we experienced gratitude.

My mother always insisted that when I received a gift I must write a thank you note. I can remember thinking that a verbal ‘thank you’ was enough, but as I grew older and I received written ‘thank you’ notes, I realized that gratitude expressed verbally or written was a source of happiness for me.

So, how do we pursue gratitude? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Take a Gratitude Break. Some people do this when they first wake up or one of the last things before sleep. One way to articulate gratitude is at the dinner table with  your family.
  2. Be present in your moments. A friend of ours wrote us a brief note of thanks recently. We had invited him and his girlfriend to a Museum event that we enjoyed and he wrote: “Thank you for sharing your present moments with us.”
  3. Scale back. While social media is great, you can totally loose hours while “just checking email and Facebook. I’ll be with you in a few minutes.”  Before you know it, time has slipped away and your dinner is cold and that TV show is over!
  4. Start a Gratitude Journal.  How to do it? Here are some tips:
  •  Write 3 or more things daily in your journal. Avoid repeating the same things. As you challenge yourself to discover new things to be grateful for, you’ll start watching and listening for new gratitude experiences.
  •  It’s easy to list the material things – your home, your car, your phone, but what is hard is why you are grateful for these things. How do you feel about your home? Write about your feelings of security and comfort.
  • In addition to material things, there’s your talents and those things in your life that help you create your world. Start with the basics – your ability to write, see, watch, listen and being a good friend.
  • Write about the people in your life and how they make you feel. It’s easy to write about friends, family but how about that difficult co-worker?
  • Write about situations and events happy times and sad times.

As you write about your Gratitude Moments, you will quickly find that as you continue writing in your journal, your expectations and emotions will become positive and you will certainly be happier.

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‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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