A month of gratitude . . .


Have you ever stopped to count your blessings?  Or, perhaps you made a list of all the good things in your life.

This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the USA. Between the turkey and pies, this provides an excellent time to reflect and give thanks.

Along my journal writing path, I would write down three things for which I was grateful. I would capture more than the important gifts of family and friends but all the small, seemingly insignificant details of life.

Those moments fly past us, buried in the worries and stresses that push aside what matters most. We forget the power of gratitude to ground us in joy.

I came across two educators (my favorite people) who set out to spread a little gratitude and positivity.  Tish (@tishrich)  and Tara (@TaraMartinEDU) challenged educators, students, community members...anyone who would like to focus every day on one thing for which you are grateful.

Leaping beyond my journal into the Twittersphere, I’ve been spreading my gratitude and supporting other grateful hearts.  You don’t need a journal, Twitter account, or the internet to create more gratitude in yourself, family, friends, or community. Even grateful thoughts can change your outlook.

People will notice.

A few of my #GratitudeSnaps . . .

November 3: Life has many paths.
I have followed many through the years.
I am grateful for the courage to take the next step in the midst of uncertainty and the friends who stand beside me along the way.

November 13: I get so excited when I find these Monarch caterpillars in the garden. I am grateful for the wonders of nature right outside my door.

And today, November 20: Memories. . . after watching my mother lose hers to Alzheimer’s, I became acutely aware of their precious place in our lives. Memories like days at the beach with our children. These moments of joy always bring a smile.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The trees shed their leaves every fall and have more to teach us about how being rooted makes all the difference.

You can learn more about the origin of #GratitudeSnaps from Tisha Richmond.

To complement the falling leaves, listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Autumn, and a lovely rendition of the classic, Autumn Leaves by Eva Cassidy.

“Every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible.” —Maya Angelou

Be and become your best today and every day.

With gratitude,


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