Inner Gratefulness: Finding more to love

This week’s newsletter is an important reminder from last year.  If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a beautiful holiday and, if not, may you be firmly connected to every little thing you feel grateful for in your life.

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This week we celebrate Thanksgiving – the holiday of gratitude that invites us to connect with and appreciate the abundance in our lives.  As I took a shower this morning, I thought about some of the things I feel grateful for – hot water, a window in my bathroom with a beautiful view, a cat that makes me smile every single day, and a husband who cares for me deeply.

As I continued to shower, I considered other things to feel thankful for – inner things that often get overlooked.  I’m thankful for my commitment to personal growth, for example, the discipline that keeps me practicing good self-care, and the courage to make difficult choices in spite of the anxiety or guilt I might feel.

We all have inner qualities or ways of being that serve us (and others) and they deserve to be acknowledged and appreciated, too.  So, this week, I invite you to take a few moments to do the exercise in the Take Action Challenge below.  You’ll be so grateful you did .

Take Action Challenge

Stop and take out a piece of paper and pen and think about the ways in which you’ve changed and grown over this past year. How do you approach life differently – in a way that honors you and your relationships?  What kind of commitment have you made to your own personal growth?  What behaviors have you let go of and what new habits have you developed to keep your self-care in check?

Be grateful for these inner gifts – they are the fuel that will sustain you and carry you through your amazing life.

I never tire of these videos – souls touching souls.  Thanks, Giuliana! You can find it here.

Comments

k 24th November 2011 12:41 pm

LOL, Hot water....I take a bath in about 2 gallons of water heated on the stove. I came across a guy last summer who was proud that he was able to bath in a gallon of cold water in a milk container hung from a tree. Do these things really matter? I have not bothered to read your messages because they seem to always start out with "I", but I have the last two, because one refered to courage, your superfical concepts really challenge me.
Yes a long hot bath would be nice, but I do not find that so important, it is what is inside that needs to be cleaned. I will not bother reading your messages. Your consciousness, and what you consider inmportant are way differnet than mine.

zorro 24th November 2011 2:05 pm

LOL, Hot water....I take a bath in about 2 gallons of water heated on the stove. I am so grateful for this.

I came across a guy last summer who was proud that he was able to bath in a gallon of cold water in a milk container hung from a tree. I am so thankful to have met him.

Do these things really matter? I have not bothered to read your messages because they seem to always start out with "I", but I have the last two, because one referred to courage, your superficial concepts really challenge me. Thank you, I am grateful for this fact. You have given me something to ponder and as I unwrap the covering, I behold a gift inside.

Yes a long hot bath would be nice, but I do not find that so important, it is what is inside that needs to be cleaned. Yes, indeed. Thank you for showing me this.

“I live in a crazy time… It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. – (Diary of Anne Frank)

k 24th November 2011 2:37 pm

Zorro, Anne Frank, is truely an iconn. How can anyone go through what she did and still believe the way she did. The great understanding and insight she had at such a young age. She is a Light even in the darkness of today.
We live in a dark world, just as she did. I wish I had her courage.

zorro 24th November 2011 2:43 pm

Yes, K,...It humbles me. All of this humbles me. Happy Thanksgiving to you. As Anne said, "And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!"

k 24th November 2011 3:03 pm

This is the world of the Demiurge, all I can do is get through it, let it pass and not be so serious about it. Like the Cathars who just wanted to live in peace, but instead were hunted, persicuted and burned at the stake, this dark world will not leave those of Light alone.

zorro 24th November 2011 3:57 pm

"(My current perception of the world is that it is of) the Demiurge, all I can do is get through it, let it pass and not be so serious about it"... but I give thanks that it is so. I am thankful that I can have a view of my own at all. Already it is changing, just by my gratitude for it being this way. See the shadows flee. Every physical shape and form of reality I gaze upon changes like a kaleidescope as I turn the wheel of my consciousness. It is a new view in every momement. Circumstances are created just by the gaze I hold, as other factors come into play with it.

Dreamweaver 24th November 2011 4:06 pm

Zorro,

Thank you for your humble words and wisdoms. I felt the sweet essence of the divine flow as I read your comments. You are a gift.

k,

My husband and I, are soon to start traveling the U.S of A in our truck camper for one year. I am looking forward to the gifts this journey will bring upon us, solitude, humility, and lack of belongings to dust, just me my mate and billions of stars above. I am blessed!

zorro 24th November 2011 4:15 pm

Dreamweaver,

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat.
May the road rise with you.

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Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books, Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace and her new book The Art of Extreme Self Care. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

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