“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward
I have been thinking a lot about gratitude. Maybe you have too. I read a lot of articles at my other blog, The Daily Brainstorm, and for the last week, gratitude has been a common theme. Of course it should be. It is Thanksgiving week after all.
This intense focus on gratitude has been good for me. Usually at this time every year, I am laser focused on shopping for food, cleaning the house, and finishing up work projects, so that I am ready for the big day. The big day comes, and perhaps I spend the five minutes before the meal thinking about my blessings. The meal ends, the clean-up begins, and the day of thanksgiving is over.
This year I have been thinking about my blessings many times a day for several days. One of my most profound blessings this year is this blog. For non-bloggers, this may sound silly. How could a blog generate a gratitude list? Other bloggers may relate.
This blog has changed my life for the better in so many ways and below is my gratitude list.
It is a fulfilling creative outlet in which I can express myself through writing, design, and inspiration.
It is a means of serving others and helping them to live better lives — something I feel called to do.
It has opened the door to a community of other bloggers who have become my collaborators, partners, supporters, and friends. Among my daily interactions, I am blessed to work with:
- Katie of Momentum Gathering
- Geri of The Daily Brainstorm
- Mary of Goodlife Zen
- Leo of Zen Habits
- Angela of Powered by Intuition
- Aileen of Kaizen Vision
- Jane of Teeny Tiny Pieces
- Lisa of Privilege
- Steve of Change Your Thoughts
- Arvind of Make It Happen
- Scott of Reading for Success
- Cristina of Positively Beauty
- Tess of The Bold Life
- Jonathan of Sharing Life Skills
And lastly, most importantly, it is a means of connecting with you — my readers. Some of you are now my coaching clients. Many have made warm and heartfelt comments on the blog or sent me emails. Most are just there, reading what I have to say. That is a blessing indeed.
I would like to express my gratitude to all of you — for reading, for responding, for taking bold steps and fearless actions, for using my words as a catalyst for your life.
So please accept these ten tiny boxes of gratitude from me to you.
You can tear into them all at once if you like, or savor them over time like a box of chocolates. They are simple, but heartfelt, and I hope they add to your blessings for this week of thanksgiving.
Box #1, The Gift of Our Beautiful World
Box#2, The Gift of Amazing Love
Box#3, The Gift of Inspiration
Box#4, The Gift of Amazement
Box#5, The Gift of Humor
Box#6, The Gift of Relaxation
Box #7, The Gift of Authenticity
Box#8, The Gift of Reading
Box #9, The Gift of Movement
Box #10, The Gift of Freedom
Wishing you and your family a day full of blessings, connection, peace, and love. Thank you for all of the blessings you bring to me. Happy Thanksgiving.