Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Thought for Today

Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there's always something we could be grateful for.

Barry Neil Kaufman

I'm sure that readers are getting tired of the endless stream of quotes. I thank you for reading the blog despite the "pause" in the action. My blogging  time has been really limited lately for a variety of reasons. At the same time I've had this string of unconnected and yet connected quotes come my way - not all from the same source - and I decided it was a good time to share them.

I filed this quote on gratitude to use on the blog over a week ago. I knew it was going to roll out today and was thinking about it on and off yesterday. Imagine my surprise when during a management meeting one of the topics brought up by one of the presenting nurse managers was gratitude.

Gratitude is like a healing balm and it can be healing in so many different ways. The quote before this one spoke about discovering who you are and creating the life you wish to live. The process can begin with gratitude. The simple act of being thankful for who we are and the good things that are a part of our life can open the doors to allow us to begin the journey of discovery and creation.

The first quote I put up for the week was about losing the people we love. Loss is inevitable. It's a part of life. Spending time in gratitude for who the person we have lost was and feeling grateful for the many ways they touched and in many cases molded out lives can be a very healing activity. It can be the first step in the process of keeping the love alive.

The challenge for today is to find at least 5 things for which you are grateful today. If you slip into overachievement and find more it's fine but try to find  at least 5 and feel how good it makes you feel.

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