Gratitude – An Interesting Theme

GratitudeHello out there!!  Thanks for tuning in again this week. It really is an honor to know you value me as a professional and share my philosophy enough to take time from your busy lives to explore with me this crazy ride that is life. Gratitude. An interesting theme. It is Thanksgiving Day in Canada; A time to connect with family and friends and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. Why only one day a year? Things that make you go hmmmm…? What if we started taking stock daily of the many gifts we have. The freedom we enjoy as men and women living in free countries. The food, air and water we all have and that we take so often for granted. The roofs over our heads, the absence of bombs and military conflict. Enough money in the bank to own a computer or have access to one.  To have been loved by one person. To love that person back. To love yourself. Truly. And to realize your full potential as a human being should you choose to face your fears and recognize the beauty in you. The poem by Marianne Williamson, “Our Deepest Fear” is the most powerful reminder to be grateful to and commit to being the best that we can be. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Whether you believe in God or not, the message stands. You not only have a right to be the best that you can be; you have a duty. The world will benefit from your presence when you shine like the brilliant star that you are! Gratitude. I’m grateful for you. For your support yes, but mostly because by virtue of you being here, reading this, I know that you are committed to growing, to loving and being loved, to caring for yourself, your family and friends, and your environment, and to being the best that you can be. What are you grateful for? Michelle

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