Being Thankful

It is that time of year again when we start hearing a bit more about thanks and a lot more about wants - especially if there are young kids in the house. I must confess I love and dread this time of year. I love the family and friend gatherings, I love the decorations, I love the songs, and I even love the occasional indulgence. What I don't love is the constant stream of advertisements that seem to promote happiness is directly related to material goods. You know, the giving part. Now, I LOVE to give. Giving is my nature. Giving makes me happy. And at this time of year it is so easy for me, and hopefully others, to "give" into giving too much. To stretching their budgets too far. To becoming too stressed.

Thing is, so far this year I am not feeling that pull to go outside my comfort zone of giving. I do not feel obligated to give more than I can afford and I am giving more of my heart and less of the material goods. Yep, I will be personally making some of my gifts to family but I can't say more on the off chance that they actually read my blog and find out early what their gift is. The foundation of this thinking has already been within me, that this time of year isn't just about the gift but more about love, gratitude, family, and friends. So why the positive shift?

Simply put, Daily Gratitude.

If you have been following my blog for awhile you will have probably noted that I end almost every post (except Wordless Wednesdays) with a dose of Daily Gratitude and Daily Affirmation. More on affirmations to come at a later date. Why? Because I finally got it!

Over the years I have watched many family and friends embark on their own gratitude journey either through taking a gratitude challenge or writing in a gratitude journal. And I didn't get it. Yes, I was thankful for blue birds too but really, why would saying it and writing it make a difference? It wouldn't change how I looked or felt or the circumstances of my life. But then one day a little bird spoke in my ear and hinted that perhaps it could. Okay, there really wasn't a little bird but you get the point.

So I started adding things I was thankful for at the end of my posts. I started off with more than one and over time committed to one Daily Gratitude (and one Daily Affirmation). And it does make a difference. It does change the way I look, feel, and the circumstances of my life. Yes, writing down that I am thankful for that blue bird can do all of that...and more!

I read something the other day that hits this nail on the head, and I really wish I could remember when, where, and the exact words but here is the general gist - Those who show daily gratitude will be satisfied and will receive an abundance gifts in their lives, those who don't show gratitude will be unsatisfied and always want more.

Through gratitude I am blessed and the gifts in my life are overflowing. Don't get me wrong, I still have hard days, I still have tough times, I still want things, but I see and appreciate the gifts given to me each day. And the more I keep my eyes open, the more I recognize the gifts, the more I value and appreciate them, the more happy I become...and this makes me smile and feel good! And it is with this strength I am able to go into this giving season knowing I am blessed and I am giving enough. And the best gift I can give is letting family and friends know I am thankful for them, I appreciate them, I value them, and I am blessed to have them in my life.

Now just so you don't scared about all these happy rainbows....yes, I have down days too. I have struggles. Life isn't always peachy keen. I am not perfect and I have a whole lot of work to do but I am on the right path. And just as not all runs can be perfect and easy, neither can all days. The tough days must make us appreciate the great days more.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that I have a job and am able to help support my family financially.
Daily Affirmation: I am grounded in my spirituality and that makes me a better person.


  1. New follower!
    What a great quote and I totally believe that and need to live by that philosophy more often!
    Love your blog!

  2. I just love this post! Gratitude is so important, and I love the journal idea!!! Very cool! Spa <3

  3. What a great way to keep your day in perspective, I love the act of just writing it down daily. :)


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