Wednesday, July 24, 2019

"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions." Zig Ziglar


  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. (Google)

Think about that word for a moment. 

Now think about this - have you expressed gratitude lately?

Gratitude is a word I have been thinking about quite a bit. Because I have been struggling with some serious health issues for several years, I have been forced to think of ways to spiritually lift myself, which is difficult by itself, and more difficult since I am a widow and live alone. One way I lift myself on challenging days to is express gratitude. I find this works even better if I actually speak my thoughts of thankfulness aloud several times per day. Sometimes, I share my feeling of gratitude with others. I love sharing my thankfulness aloud, whether or not anyone is there to hear me.  I hear myself, and that is enough.

Besides dealing with Sjogren's Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, I also have a shoulder impingement. One of my happy places is on the golf course.  I had not played since Labor Day of 2018 because of health issues and this shoulder problem, but yesterday, after 3 moths of physical therapy and three cortisone injections, I played 9 holes with a friend. I was so grateful that I spoke aloud several times, "Thank you for my being back on the golf course on a perfect summer day with a friend!"  I felt good just saying those words.

It is sometimes very easy to be discouraged and to allow negative thoughts and emotions to overtake our minds.  Believe me, I have been there.  Expressing gratitude does not fix every problem, but I believe that positive attracts positive in our universe.  Please give it a try and let me know how you feel. 

Bad things happen to everyone, and we can choose to react by being negative, or by focusing on the positives in our lives.

I am grateful that you are my reader, and I hope you have a positive day.  Thanks for being a part of my life and allowing me to be a part of yours. 

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As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 
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