Gratitude is a Gift

Daddy and Me, 1988

A brief reminder… Gratitude is a gift 🙏🏼

As I start to write this blog, I think about the last deep conversation I had with my Dad before he passed, which had taken place on Thanksgiving of 2018.  I disclosed to him that I am dating a woman and that she means a lot to me.  To give you context, I come from a Catholic family.

My Dad responded, “I do not care about the sex.  Just as long as you are safe.”  He genuinely seemed happy and he was looking forward to meeting her and her son.  Such a gift from the universe to grant me this moment with my Dad where both of us felt heard and the exchange was equally received.

In the hardest moments cultivating gratitude is my savior…  🙌

It is like medicine that provides relief when my soul feels disconnected. 🤕

What is gratitude? 

Is it just to give thanks or feel grateful? 

Is it just to say thank you and move on? 

The concept of gratitude is not just a word, it is a feeling, a feeling of deep appreciation.  It is a deep exchange of energy that penetrates through the body and into the soul. 

It is the part of us that remains pure throughout our lifetime, like a beam of light that continues to shine no matter what the situation:

A relative that survives an 8-hour intense surgery 🏥

A friend who survives a horrible car crash 🚗

The moment where your child graduates school 🎓

The moment you finally get to sit on a toilet to pee after waiting in a long line 🚽

The moment you realize it is too late and you’re thankful for the experience ⏳

The moment where you forgive someone who has hurt you 🤝

⭐️Gratitude’s worth is dependent on how much you invest in it.⭐️

Lisa Nichols uses the analogy and describes gratitude as: if we are the seed, then gratitude is the fertilizer that helps us grow and stay rooted. POWERFUL! 🌿

How do you practice cultivating gratitude?

Below is a simple technique to follow.

First, ask yourself where you are grateful in your:

  • Personal Life: wonderful family, friends, someone made you a meal, someone held a door open for you… etc…
  • Professional Life: your boss complimented you, receiving recognition at work etc…
  • Within yourself: What are you proud of within yourself? Think of a personal characteristic that makes you, YOU!

Follow these steps:

  1. Close your eyes and start to breathe in and out of your nose.
  2. State one thing you are grateful for: “I am grateful for…” (use a category from above: personal, professional or within yourself.)
  3. Experience that feeling of gratitude for what you stated and hold it for 10-20 seconds. How does it feel? Where do you feel it?
  4. Move on to the next statement of gratitude and repeat steps 2 and 3.
  5. Once you are done hold your hands on your heart and be thankful for the experience
  6. Open your eyes.

I invite you to invest time to cultivate gratitude as a daily practice. 

Try it in the morning before your start your day or at night right before you to go sleep.

In a time where things are difficult, hold onto the things that bring light and positivity and share it with all through your thoughts, prayers and actions. ❤️

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