It's always good to review the reasons to be grateful around this time. Funny, but it's really good to do this daily. I even saw a trend on Facebook with some of my friends to post something every day that they were grateful for.
In the Reiki Precepts, gratitude is one of the five things that are listed as the secret method for inviting happiness. They all are:
Just for Today, I will
Do my work honestly
Be grateful for all I have
Treat everyone with kindness.
So now we have a holiday about expressing gratitude. It always kind of makes me laugh. Like Mother's Day - one day to honor mom, when it would be nice to be treated with respect every day. Many of us do anyway, so why one day a year? To make sure we get to it?
Plus, I kind of have weird feelings about Thansgiving's origins....but I'm not going there right now.
I have lots to be grateful for. This has been a good year.
Here are the top five on my list. Please read them, and then post your top five as comments here below this blog post, because we'd have a really nice long list if every reader added five!
I am grateful for:
- The ability to work from home, with all four of my kids in school together. A few hours of quiet during the day help me focus, be productive, and schedule my day with flexibility.
- A growing practice, increased enrollment in my school, fantastic teachers and staff, opportunities to teach in Lily Dale and The Cleveland Clinic, and a new book published this year.
- A supportive husband who very agreeably and competently cares for our four kids those weekends when I go to expos or meetings in Columbus, or teach out of town. He's a great partner and a wonderful father.
- My wonderful students who send me grateful emails and thoughtful questions daily. Not only do they help validate my purpose in life, they also surround me with love.
- My four children, who fill our house with energy, laughter, love, singing, challenges, and a reminder every day of what family really means.