Caregiving and Gratitude

Heart on leaves

As the holidays near, I can’t help but think of the relatives who won’t be with us as we celebrate Thanksgiving next week, and the other holidays that follow soon after: Hanukkah (we’re a multicultural family), Christmas, the New Year. But while my surface thoughts are about the individual people, I find that a deeper dive leads to what I learned from them, and what they taught me about gratitude.

Assumptions and the Season of Giving

Season of Giving

There’s nothing quite like trying to do something yourself and someone barging in to do it for you. Still, I offered in a gentle voice, “Would you like some help?” Her reaction could not have been greater had I offered her a pot of gold. Wide-eyed, and so very grateful (if also a touch embarrassed) she replied, “Oh, you don’t mind?”

Honoring the Special Women in Our Lives

Cyndi's Rose

Our relationship with our mothers may shift over time, but the love remains the same. Some of you may be caring for your mother now, as she once cared for you. Others like myself have lost our mom, and this day can be difficult. What can you do for such a special woman, guide, and warrior?

Repost: State of Grace

State of Grace

I started a practice back then that I continue today; I keep a gratitude journal and every day I write down at least five things that I am grateful for first thing in the morning. It helps set the tone for my day to walk in with grace rather than…oh gosh, today I’ve got to…….”. 

By taking a bit of quiet time to yourself and setting the intention of your day in gratitude, you may well shift the entire outcome. Your energy creates more energy, so the more you can stay in a state of grace, even amidst the strongest waves of negativity, the more power you have to change the results or at least the energy within yourself.  

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