I am so deeply grateful for gratitude.
Is there anything more powerful when it comes to having the ability to shift us, in an instant, out of criticism, blame, fear, boredom, lack, and disconnection — in our lives, our relationships, our workplaces, our communities — and back into our hearts, into connection, into abundance, and into love?
Gratitude is what allows me to scan the day at its end to fully receive all of the blessings of so many moments I would have otherwise missed. It’s what allows me to fall in love with my husband, my family, my friends, and with life, over and over again. Combined with love, it’s what opens my heart and connects it to yours. It’s what allows me to see and value the gifts inside of everyone. It’s what allows me to live with wonder and serve with reverence. It’s what literally multiplies blessings. It’s where the magic is.
Wherever there is joy, there is gratitude.
Gratitude is not about being in denial. It’s not an either/or. In fact, it’s about *not* being in denial of all there is to appreciate. Because of our fear-based survival instincts, we humans are hard-wired to scan our environment and one another for threats. And we are hard-wired to scan ourselves for weaknesses.
While this might work for our survival, it stops there, and it limits our individual and collective potential. Through gratitude, we can literally rewire our brains — towards love and connection, kindness and service, togetherness and collaboration.
It’s what allows us to see things not otherwise visible. It unlocks abundance. It unleashes possibility. It opens opportunities for connection. It takes us out of our ego and into an orientation towards the greater good. It invites our shared flourishing. It allows us to repurpose our challenges and turn them into something good.
Gratitude ensures that we don’t need to wait until the end of a day or a life in order to awaken to and fill our lives with what matters most.
I love the question: “If tomorrow you woke up with only those things you gave thanks for today, how would your life look?”
I could spend every moment of the rest of my life giving thanks, and I know I would still leave things out.
The more we thank life, the more we have to be thankful for. I am so grateful for a day — for a life — devoted to thanks giving.
And I am so grateful for all of you, your unique voices, your unique gifts, your unique ways of touching my life and the world!
May your day be filled with an abundance of love, blessings, and gratitude! 💜💓💚💙💖