Last Friday I took half a day off to get my hair cut and colored in preparation for the big event. While waiting for the highlights to set, I happened to pick up a magazine looking for a recipe for something new to bring to dinner. Without realizing it, I landed on a page that had an article discussing making a list every day of at least 10 things you were thankful for. I was intrigued and read on. I was so inspired, I decided to make my list when I got home and re-read it that night before I went to bed.
Sounds easy enough, but how often do we focus on what we are thankful for, really? Could this be a new way to look at the holiday of Thanksgiving - as a day to remember what we're thankful for?
Here's what I wrote and I will modify and add to it each day.
- I am grateful and thankful for my family. My dear sweet mom, my brothers and sister and their families.
- I am thankful and grateful that many of my relatives are still here on earth,
- The love of my life, Hank - I cherish him, for his never ending optimism, for loving me and his gusto for life.
- My friends, each one special and dear to my heart, some live close and some far away
- My friends and visitors to Motivating Moments, each one full of life, love and kindness
- My 22 year old cat, Smoky. Her call in the morning to awaken me and constant conversation during the day keeps me in tune with the angel inside her.
- My neighbors, both old and new - helping hands and hearts no matter what.
- I am thankful and grateful for a kind man named Larry who helped me so much yesterday. Thank you for all you do.
- I am thankful that I am healthy and strong willed, inquisitive and smart. I am thankful that I can feel my emotions pretty easily and that I try each day to be kind and loving, understanding and patient.
- I am thankful that I have the privilege and honor to be the "Unofficial Ambassador" to the world through Motivating Moments.
- I am thankful and grateful to my friend Steve Maraboli, who believed in me, even when I did not believe in myself.
- I am thankful and grateful that I lost a business. From this experience I learned humility and pain do not last forever and from the ashes of failure, you can arise again and achieve success.
- I am thankful that I can connect with so many people and help bring out the best in them.
- I am thankful that I have enough food to eat, clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.
- I am thankful that my house is also a home and that it's a warm place for all to gather.
- I am grateful for the sun that shines, the rain that falls, the snow (well I have to keep working on this one).
- I am thankful and grateful for all that I have experienced in my life - both the good times and the bad. Through the laughter and tears I have become a better person.
- I am grateful and thankful that God has allowed me so many years here on earth. I hope she will continue to give me lessons to learn so I may share my experiences with others.
- I am grateful and thankful that I can contribute to society and feel empathy for others who are hurting.
Copyright © 2006 Marlene Blaszczyk