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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude - it's a seriously underestimated word with amazing super powers.

We all have so much to be thankful for!  There is no way I could count the things I am grateful for just in the past 24 hours -- for being alive and healthy and for having my children and wonderful husband in my life; and even the little things -- that I was able to get the last breakfast souffl√© at Panera Bread this morning, a kind gesture a friend did yesterday, or even the fact that it's a beautiful day outside.

I am thankful for the people that have come into my life in the past, even if it was only for a short while -- for the person who made one small comment that planted a seed that would grow to become a life altering change in my life, to the former coworker who offered an ear when I was going through a rough time, or to my mother for giving me the precious gift of life when she was only 18 and had hardly experienced life herself.

There is no way to ever fully express to everyone that has touched your life in some small or big way just how much you are thankful for them.   If I were to line everyone up that I am grateful to, there would be thousands of people!  It could take the rest of my life to properly give thanks and tell them what a difference they made.  What a sight that would be to see!  Sometimes, people don't even realize the enormity of their contribution and sometimes, that person remains anonymous or as a stranger that you didn't quite get to know.

The amazing thing is that when we practice gratitude and give thanks for all the things in our life that are right, we forget about the things that aren't.  Life is never perfect.  There will always be imperfections.  But a grateful heart makes a happy heart.


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