Gratitude: The Gift That Keeps on Giving (Part One)

Gratitude: The Gift That Keeps on Giving by Christine Barnes


Hold on to your hats, the holiday season is here.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US which means we’ve got 29 days until Christmas and 36 days until we welcome a new year.


As we enter the home stretch of this year, I certainly hope it’s been a memorable one full of adventure, love, and laughter. I want to encourage you to make time over these next few weeks to fully take in your environs and give thanks so allow me to introduce this first post of a two-part series talking all things gratitude.


Gratitude is simply the act of being thankful, and it is especially important as we enter this festive time of year since the holidays can bring with them a bit of unexpected chaos. Between unintended expectations and the broad spectrum of personalities, an attitude of gratitude is one of the best tools to carry with you because in truth, we’re all pretty lucky despite the inevitable stress brought on by the holiday season.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
— Melody Beattie


Over the years gratitude has become a practice that I regularly turn to. I’m sure to recognize and acknowledge the good and not-so-good when things appear to be happening in my favor and I make it a point to find the good and the slivers of hope when things aren’t going as well.

An attitude of gratitude, or a gratitude practice, can be the thing that shifts your mindset from everything happening to you to everything happening for you. And it’s this shift in perspective that is essential to bring you back to your feet when it feels like the pile of cards stacked against just can’t get any bigger.


For me, gratitude is much more than the mere action.

It’s showing appreciation for every day and whatever the day will bring with it.
It’s pausing in the midst of our busy lives to take that very moment in.
It’s choosing to see the good alongside the not-so-good.
It’s genuinely saying, “Thank you,” when warranted.
It’s celebrating as often as possible.

 

What I’m always Grateful for:


MY JOURNEY
It’s unique to me and that’s a wonderful thing because I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

MY LOVED ONES
Those people who I am fortunate enough to count as my inner circle and support system.

MY HEART
It's sensitive yet strong, and relentlessly optimistic yet resilient.

PASSION
A driving force behind how I live my life and I couldn’t—and wouldn’t want to—imagine it any other way.

MOTHER NATURE
With her endless inspiration as each season incites change, growth, and renewal.

CURIOSITY
A core value of mine because I want to try, learn, and see as much as possible.

THE FUTURE
The opportunities, challenges, and adventures to come as well as the unexpected bound to surprise me.

 

I’m diving deeper into what led me to seeking gratitude as well as sharing a few ways to curate and carry an attitude of gratitude next week so I’ll leave you with something to think about until then.

Who and what are you grateful for?


Wishing you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings and time together. Remember to do just that and take a minute to be together amidst all the distractions.