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Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving Day in Canada! We have it earlier than in the US, which I think allows us to enjoy the fall colors and still warmish temperatures.

Years ago when I first became a single parent and was dealing with my sister’s death, keeping a gratitude journal changed, or maybe saved, my life. I still journal and I finish each day’s entry by completing this sentence stem: “I am so grateful for….” and I do it three times.

For today’s message, I am going to share three thoughts that I am grateful for:

I am so grateful for the truthfulness of this quote by Tony Robbins: “Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole life becomes a miracle.”

I am so grateful for the interview with Benedictine Monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, who is 91 years old, where I heard him share one of his greatest learnings: “If you trust life it will surprise you and it will always give you good things.”

I am so grateful for a podcast by Brooke Castillo called Gratitude Ahead of Time where she teaches to visualize what you want and how that’ll feel AND then to practice being grateful for having achieved it.

As I’m working through a knee injury, my doctor shared a story with me about how his father had the words “BE GRATEFUL” printed on the back of his business card. It was over 40 years ago when people didn’t do those sorts of things. Dr. Tim said while traveling in Europe, he came across a little café in a small town in Belgium where that card was taped to the cash register. Both he and the café owner were delighted to discover that his father’s card had made it halfway across the world.

What is ONE thing you are grateful for? Share it in the comments below.

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