Practice Gratitude

Suzanne McDermott
Watercolor 8 x 8 in.

A Simple Prayer
"Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. "
—Alice Walker
Give Thanks Every Day

The Oxford Dictionary definition of the word gratitude is

"the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness."

Readiness to return kindness is a key part of gratitude. Each time we give thanks to someone or for something we express appreciation. One aspect of appreciation involves increase in value. Gratitude raises consciousness and allows expansion. Gratitude can be contagious, we simply have to be willing to expand.
"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
Your 26-Day Gratitude Practice Challenge

Thanksgiving Day comes but once a year.

Thanksgiving is a symbolic day, a reminder to celebrate all that we have to be grateful for. Our harvest.

Thanksgiving also marks our final stretch to the darkest day of the year. Let's brighten each day between now and the winter solstice with an intentional remembrance every day for one thing we have to be grateful for. The winter solstice is exactly 26 days away.

If you play along, on the darkest day, you'll have been practicing brightening each day with this gratitude challenge.

Make a list of 26 things you have to be grateful for right now. It won't be very difficult. You can keep it by your bed or work space to remind you how much you have to appreciate (if you need reminding!)

Don't be shy about sharing your list. It's a way of inspiring someone else.
"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
—Albert Schweitzer


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