Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Be the light. Focus on Gratitude.

I think it’s safe to say that 2017 has been a challenging year. 

We are all effected by what is going on around us, either in our personal lives or globally.  We are microcosms of the macrocosm.  In addition to our work, health, family, friends and personal life that we have dealt with this year, there has been a tremendous amount of other issues that have had an effect on us.  Political conflict, changes in our government, a number of environmental disasters, an increase in mass shootings and violence, racial conflict and civil unrest are just a few of the many topics swirling around us this year.  

So as 2017 comes to a close, let’s actively focus on gratitude every day.

This year, I am grateful for so many things. I appreciate that I am healthy and that my family continues to thrive in good health and wellness. I am grateful that I have had the wonderful opportunity to help others through my counseling practice. I am so very grateful for my tribe… my beautiful friends who support me through difficult times, acknowledge me for my quirks and idiosyncrasies and who value our friendship.   I'm grateful for new information and new energy that I've been exposed to this year that has helped me to grow and learn.  

I am grateful for my wonderful dog Flaco who loyally stays by my side and helps people who come to see us in the office with unconditional love.  I am grateful that my community here in Southwest Florida, for the most part, survived hurricane Irma when a direct hit was expected. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to live in a democracy where we have the freedom to create change, express our opinions and haggle over conflicting viewpoints and interpretations of our Constitution.  I'm grateful to live in a Democracy.

As we move forward into the holidays, let’s keep our focus on being present.  Be aware of our surroundings, our people, our breathing, our emotional state. 

The holidays bring on a special kind of anxiety just by the very nature of what they are and our societal expectations surrounding the holidays. The holidays also bring special opportunities for us to grow and change.  As we close on a very stressful year, let’s keep our focus on maintaining balance and appreciating all of our blessings.

Offer peace. Stay present. Love big. Hug each other. Express thanks. Be where you are. Be your authentic self. Carry the light forward. Be joyous. Take time to take care of yourself. Appreciate everything for everything brings new opportunities to learn, to grow, to be.  Be kind.  Be patient.  Be grateful. Be still.

What are you grateful for?  Share in the comments below.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!