Gratitude takes practice. We must take time and make an effort to sit down and reflect on our blessings, especially when we’re always rushing to and from. We have to be very aware of ourselves and our surroundings to actually appreciate what we have and what we don’t.

 

I have come to learn that what we might take for granted will not always be there and the only thing that will keep us grounded when things go right or wrong is Gratitude. Since Thanksgiving is almost here, I decided to put my thoughts into words and share what I am grateful for. Let’s work to be thankful all year round, but let’s share our thoughts on this holiday especially.

Here it goes:

I am thankful for my family. You are my foundation and my center. The good I have in me comes from the good I have experienced with you. With you I have learned the true meaning of the word UNCONDITIONAL and this helps me keep my mind at ease, always.

I am thankful for the people that have been put to in my life, but are now far away. Whether we crossed paths for a day or years, you gave me the gift of a lesson. I take time to reflect on these and I work every day to turn these lessons into actions.

I am grateful for the people that have stayed in my life and are my friends. Regardless of how often I see you and how much time we take from our busy schedules; I cherish the smiles and laughter. I treasure the time you are giving me and recognize the value of it. I appreciate having you with me.

I am thankful for my education. Every time I come in contact with more knowledge, it allows me to realize that there is still so much to learn; so much that my mind cannot grasp and how much beauty there is in learning.

I am grateful for my travels. Either close or far, I have come to get in touch with myself. I have learned about the ambiguity in this world. That nothing is black or white and that life dances in between the greys.

I am also thankful for my travels for they helped me reflect on how small I am; how there is something bigger out there. I am especially thankful for allowing me to realize that a smile is a smile anywhere. That kindness is everywhere and that if I ever feel alone, I am my own home.

I am grateful for my dogs. Their wagging tails and soulful eyes always melt my heart. The joy they find in such simple things remind me to stay grounded; to keep things simple; to look for happiness in a cup of coffee, or in a stroll around the park or in a good meal.

I am thankful for my body. I have not always been kind to you with my thoughts or actions, but every day I try to do better and be gentler. And I see how well you respond to kindness. Thank you for being the vessel that allows me to experience life. Thank you for giving me all my senses, for letting me hug and kiss. Thank you for taking me places and letting me be me.