The news will always compete for our attention with stories of horror and lack. Our life experiences will sometimes be too painful to bear, both in the "now" and in our memories. Yet, there is great peace and grounding in gratitude. There is comfort in giving thanks for that which makes us whole.
It seems that many grateful posts have been replaced by stressful reflections about the holiday season. We are close to losing our grip on gratitude as we struggle to find time to do all that we perceive we need to do to create a happy, meaningful season.
I wonder what would happen if each of us opted to stay "in" beyond the 21 days. What if we keep posting and speaking our thanks? Would we ever learn to love even the really hard days? Maybe not. Would continuing to look through the lens of love and gratitude clear our field of vision? Perhaps. There's only one way to find out. Today I am lovingly grateful for friends and family. Whether I see you every day or we chat once a year, you have blessed my life. I am grateful for those who are still here in the physical sense, and for those who have gone on to spirit. Love doesn't change, regardless. I'm grateful for silence and stillness, and for boisterous laughter. I'm thankful for grown children, for those still growing, and for those who aren't "mine" but who touch my life. I am thankful for a soft heart, if at times I wish it were tougher. I am thankful for good days, and yes, even for the really hard ones. I'm thankful that there is no barrier that love cannot break.