Hello, everyone! As I mentioned the last time I checked
in with you, this year's business activity brought a variety
of new projects that took me away from my usual writing schedule.
It's great to be back in touch with you and I anticipate resuming
the usual biweekly ezine schedule. This week, I thought I'd
share an article from the Current of Life library
on the topic of gratitude. I wish you and your families a
very Happy Thanksgiving.
An Endless Supply
When I begin working with someone, I provide Reflection
Questions to complete ahead of time and that helps us
get the coaching conversation started. Recently, I was struck
by a new client's answer to this question: What is present
in your life for which you feel grateful?
my short answer," she wrote, "that I can
count on small things to make me happy every day and that
the supply of those will never be exhausted."
You can just feel the abundance her answer conveys. There
is an infinite supply of things to appreciate. Her use
of the words "every day" also acknowledges that
gratitude, by its nature, lives in the present moment.
What she called her long answer included things such as:
"my husband's hugs," "the way each of my pets
has such a different personality," and "knowing
I can handle anything."
The Operative Word Is "Feel"
I know I should be grateful for what I have but…
Whenever we hear ourselves say this, we are skipping over
the most important place to begin, even when undergoing challenges.
In fact, the woman who wrote the words above was dealing with
the pressure of looking for a job as she counted the days
until her current employment contract would come to an end.
She was able to feel gratitude despite having real concerns
to address. The operative word here is feel.
Gently bring your mind to something in your life
for which you are grateful:
A person, place, or thing you treasure
A privilege you enjoy or perhaps even
a challenge you are facing
A certain realization within your heart
A time you felt a connection with the
A gift you received or something you were
able to do for another
Something in this very moment
Take an extra minute right now to savor what came to mind
for you and allow yourself to be filled up with the feeling
Powered by Gratitude
of just giving our blessings a quick passing over, what would
it be like to be powered by gratitude every day? Beginning
with gratitude is one of the best things you can do for yourself
and everyone around you. This is especially true
during times of unique challenge -- in our world and in our
Try this in the days leading up to and during the Thanksgiving
- Each day, remember the words: START HERE
and let that be your signal to begin with gratitude. "Beginning"
can be literally as you awaken and start your day, as well
as when you are about to tackle some work or approach an
- Even if you're pretty good in the gratitude department,
try lingering in the feeling a few moments longer
and notice how it fuels you.
"As each day comes to us refreshed
so does my gratitude renew itself daily."
To read more on this topic, visit the Current of Life
library and sort by category to find: "Gratitude."