This is a continuation of an earlier blog post. It might make a little more sense after reading Part 1 here.
After seeing how grateful my husband was to return to Saskatchewan to play against the Montreal Canadiens Alumni, it occurred to me that I’m not very good at the whole gratitude thing. In fact, I have some serious work to do in terms of nurturing my own gratitude.
That’s why, starting right now, I will make a concerted effort to become more aware of opportunities to be grateful.
I am pleased to share the following things in my life for which I’m grateful:
- I have an amazingly loving and supportive husband, who treats me as an equal and encourages me to follow my passion.
- I have two amazing children who are smart, healthy, and happy.
- I have a beautiful home, which provides me with both shelter and solace.
- I have money to provide for the needs of my family and myself.
- I have a job that allows me to make a contribution by applying my skills in a professional setting, as well as providing flexibility and balance with my home life.
- I have opportunities to travel with my family.
- I’ve learned how important the mind-body connection is to me.
- I have physical activities that I enjoy, such as running, hot yoga, and Sculpt Barre.
- I am in relatively good health.
- I have the knowledge and ability to take care of myself with proper nutrition, hydration, exercise, and sleep.
- I am able to enjoy the rights and freedoms of living in a democratic society.
- I am free to express my innermost thoughts and opinions without fear of repercussion.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
My hope is that, as I make a conscious effort to notice and appreciate the things for which I am grateful, my gratitude list will continue to grow. Stay tuned…
I also invite you to share what you are grateful for in your life.