It’s only appropriate that today is Thanksgiving and we are celebrating gratitude.

a collage in brown tones that states "grateful" across the center

Gratitude is where it’s at, my friends!  There is always something in life for which you can give thanks. You have a roof over your head, food on the table, clothes on your back, friends to call upon, work that inspires, a car to drive, a dog who loves you, air to breath, trails to run, movies to see, ears to hear, eyes to see….

No matter what is happening in your life, find something for which you are grateful and give thanks. Start a gratitude journal and keep track of those things for which you are grateful.  Share your gratitude with others. Tell your friends how much they mean to you. Reach out to your clients and let them know how special they are and how much you appreciate them. Call you family. Tell you co-workers you appreciate them. Volunteer and help those less fortunate than you. 

Being grateful is not simply a feel good exercise, it shifts your world to allow in more goodness.  When we can find gratitude in our hearts and truly give thanks for what matters, we generate more goodness for which to give thanks. We find more joy in our lives. We spread joy to others. It’s the gift that keeps giving.

I’ve started a Thanksgiving tradition. Each year, I create a Thanksgiving collage, then I reproduce it into a greeting card and send it to friends, family, clients and colleagues and let them know how special they are and how grateful I am to share this journey with them.  I can’t tell you how many people reach out to tell me they love the card, they keep it on their desk or on a mirror or somewhere they can regularly see it to keep them in a grateful heart.  It’s a great reminder that our actions matter. People are listening. They are paying attention. They appreciate our efforts. We can motivate and inspire.

Why not create your own tradition or ritual? How can you share your gratitude for others in a way that is meaningful to you? It can be as simple as a call or sending a card. If you take a cue from your heart, it will never steer you wrong.  I’d love to hear your ideas, so drop me a comment below  and share your gratitude practice.

I’m grateful for all of you!

a photo of my thanksgiving card and mailing lists




Joan Jakel

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