|During this Valentine's Day Season, What are you grateful for?|
Happy Valentine's Day 2014! With Valentine's Day around the corner, people are thinking about their loved ones and making arrangements for a fun day. This is also a time to pause and be thankful for all that we have. At the end of the day, nothing matters more than the love we share and the grace we receive from others. Below are six of twelve things I am grateful for today and during this season. The remaining six are in the latter half of this post. There is also a NaBloPoMo Gratitude linkup below; feel free to add a gratitude or happy post to share with others. Thank you! What are you grateful for today? What am I grateful for today? I am grateful for the following:
Life: It is such a precious gift and when we lose someone dear, we are reminded how important it is to always say thank you and show love. One of my favorite child actors, Shirley Temple, dead recently at 85. She was a great gift and I am thankful to the love she shared in her films.
Love: We love our friends and family; that's a given, but with Valentine's Day a few deep breaths away, random acts of loving kindness will make someone's day and the world brighter.
Family: Everything begins and ends with family, and our family includes those whose friendships go deeper even than familial bonds. Family is kin and kindred souls. I'm grateful for both.
True Friendships: Friendships matter and we don't forget them ever. I cherish my friendships and wish all the blessing of true friendship; unlike the one shared in this story of friendship gone wrong
Food: We have abundant food in the US and so it's easy to forget that, in many parts of the world, people eat once a day ... and not healthy foods. With about 90% of the world's population estimated by the UN to be food deprived; they eat one meal a day. food is medicine and a blessing.
Maintaining a Sense of Humor: We need humor to help us stay healthy physically/mentally, and maintain our calm in hard times. The Dumb Starbucks parody made me laugh and that is something to be thankful for - Laughter
Happy Valentine's Day. What are you thankful for today? More Below
"'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
|Gratitude extends beyond us to others; including our cats and dogs|
February is the month for love and random kindness. Let's celebrate it by being kinder to others. Most of us work hard to keep an open mind about things that are unfamiliar, let's embrace our differences and celebrate our gifts. It is not a bad time to start releasing resentments, judgements and petty prejudices. Love is universal and we are all children of the Creator... What else are you thankful for? What else am I thankful for?
Acceptance: If we open our minds and accept all as children of God, we can encourage people to not hide but stay true to who they are. I accept the fact that sameness is not what makes the world vibrant and alive. I accept all and celebrate our similarities and differences. I applaud Micheal Sam for coming out.
Gifts/Interests: We are all blessed with special skills and gifts and it would be sad to not use them. Those who remind us to stay passionate about our gifts/interests like Julia Lipnitskaia are a joy to watch in action. I am grateful for that.
Holding My Tongue: It is normal to express anger and frustration but, we must choose our battles and leave the rest. I don't like any form of injustice, unfairness, prejudice or bullying, and will speak up about those things, but for other things I bite my tongue. If we don't watch our words, we could get a tongue lashing like Samuel L. Jackson gave a reporter yesterday. I am grateful for those moments when I hold my tongue.
Our loving pets: For those of us who have pets, we can't talk enough about how much they love us unconditionally. We have a cat. Our pets could be cats or show dogs or some other animal, it doesn't matter. I am grateful for the love shared.
For The spirit of bravery and innovation: Every year, we see new things that make our lives easy. We also make changes in our lives to accommodate others or care for a family member. We bravely start a new path with no clear signs of success; it takes bravery to do these things. All need to be applauded. I also applaud entrepreneurs, and these top innovative companies of 2014, for taking risks to build winning companies. I am grateful for the times I show courage.
Learning something new: I'm a life long student and every day I learn something new, it gives me joy. So when Dong Nguyen decided to kill his creation I learned about his app; Flappy Bird has been trending everywhere. It was an app I had never heard of until its creator/designer freaked out and killed it... He was tired of the fame and attention directed at him.... Huge lesson for us all.
How to get involved in the Gratitude Linkup
Write and post an entry in your own blog containing your gratitude list for a moment in time.
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Visit some of the blogs listed in the Gratitude Linkup and comment on their posts.Viola! Happy Valentine's!
Some Food for Thought: Do you keep a Gratitude Journal? What are you Thankful for? If you could change one thing in the world as a gift for your Thankfulness, what would it be? Love and Peace!
I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photographs: Valentine's Day, Cat and dog, via Wikipedia, News media, Flickr or my personal collection.
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