NEW FOR 2017! WEEKLY THOUGHTS OF THANKSGIVING

Each week, I will be posting Daily Gratitudes here. I send them out to my email list Monday through Fridays, and now I want to share them on my blog, as well.
To sign up to receive daily inspiring thoughts of gratitude in your email box, you can go to www.graceofgratitude.com home page and click to receive them.
Enjoy! Get inspired! Email me at info@graceogratitude.com and let me know of any you particularly like or send in your own. I would love to hear from you.
by Deborah Perdue, author of Daily Gratitude Reflections and Grace of Gratitude Journal.

1-23-17
“Our call is to stay in Amaze!”
Mark Nepo

I am so thankful to be in constant awe of the magic of life, realizing how wondrous it truly is!
Sure, sometimes I forget, but I maintain a steady viewpoint of wonder.
Creation is sublime, whether God’s infinite creations throughout universe upon universe,
or the astonishing beauty of each person’s own creativity, or my own bubbling brook of art and writing.
I relish my wide-eyed wonder, my childlike exuberance, my zest for life.
And I am grateful to be sure that I will stay in Amaze forever.

1-24-17
“The covenant of love is to expect that those we care for will change and blossom.”
Mark Nepo

I am grateful to go against conventional wisdom that says that people don’t change.
In my own life, I have watched myself and others evolve, grow and change in monumental ways,
so I know it is possible.
I am so glad to watch those around me use their life lessons and challenges as spiritual fodder
to become more of the best of themselves!
Thankfully, I honor transformation and the new.

1-25-17
“Perseverance furthers.”
I Ching

I am grateful to watch healing happen in my life, both physically and emotionally.
What started out as a medical wake-up call is being reversed with actions steps, and querying into root causes underneath the diagnosis.
Completely thankful that I listened, paid heed and corrected places
where I wasn’t taking care of my body temple
and even more thankful to uncover unhealed places within, with the help of amazing healers.

1-26-17
I am grateful for sparkling sunshine and deep blue skies, after snow and rain and winter fog!
Today’s show of bright light was dazzling!
When the sun shines after somber grey skies, I feel like a groundhog blinking in the light,
coming out from my hole.
Along with later sunsets, today’s sunshine reminds me that warmth and comfort and verdant new growth will be here soon.
And the weather and seasons are a metaphor:
When I’m feeling sad or depressed, I am grateful that newfound joy is never that far away either.

1-27-17
I am in gratitude for remembering that beyond all the discord and upset and anger in the world, that is even within me to a degree, there is also a quiet, comforting, serene Presence always there for us.
It is the quiet love, the quiet peace, the oneness that permeates all of life, and is deep within me and you, always.
Right there for the listening.
I am thankful to be able to connect with God and feel that support and guidance.

1-28-17
“Happiness is to appreciate what you have; unhappiness is to dwell on what you don’t have.”
Rabbi Shimon Ben Zoma (2nd century)
The idea of being grateful couldn’t be simpler.
It is focusing on what we have, thus feeling fulfilled and rich with appreciation!
It’s not always easy to stay in that space, though, with all the twists and turns and dramas of life.
I am so thankful to dedicate myself to being a Gratitude Gal.

If I lose my perspective and start griping or complaining,
then I mentally start counting my blessings or put them on paper.
A wise mentor told me to go on a Rampage of Appreciation when feeling down,
thinking of every single thing that is great about my life, and I find it works.

When I stay in gratitude, I stay in peace and love and joy.

The Power of Keeping a Gratitude Journal or Gratitude Diary & how the Grace of Gratitude Journal Came to Be

Most of my life, I have been an avid journal keeper. Starting with the magic and fun of locked diaries when a little girl; to journals chronicling my life in my 20s and 30s; eventually graduating to Julia Cameron’s suggested stream-of-conscious journaling later on, from her great book The Artist’s Way, I have done it all.

Then, about 10 years ago, through a spiritual mentor of mine, I was introduced to the path of gratitude! She recommended to a group of us that we begin recording 5 things we are grateful for every day for 40 days in a journal, to change our habit, which would bring about more joy and peace and satisfaction in our lives. The bright idea she proposed was that with focus on what is right in our lives, instead of lamenting what is wrong, we would invite in more positivity!

This practice really worked for me! I was hooked, and I keep a Gratitude Journal to this day.

As I became more and more grateful, and subsequently happier with my life, I felt inspired to share this potent practice with others – to help bring more gratitude into more people’s lives, and to help change the world in a beneficial way.

Since I am a book designer by profession, the idea of creating a beautiful Gratitude Journal was natural. I asked my artist partner, Tara Thelen, if she would be willing to contribute her gorgeous watercolors to the proposed Journal, and she said an enthusiastic yes! I then looked through my wide variety of thoughts of thanksgiving, and gathered the best of the best to inspire the readers on alternate pages, and interspersed lined pages for the reader to write in their own “gratitudes.” Voila! The Grace of Gratitude Journal was birthed! We pitched it to a few publishing companies, such as Hay House, and they politely turned us down. So, the Journal was in gestation for a few years.

Then, I shared it with a friend, who loved it and believed in it and us, and funded half of the publishing costs, so that we could get it printed! I remember very well the awe and thrill and wonder I felt holding the printed version in my hands!

What I am most grateful for now is the people who have shared how much it has helped them in their lives. I love that I have paid it forward, that our Journal is so unique, and that more and more people are finding it and cherishing it and most importantly, using it. It has also been used in large healing workshops, gifted to the participants by the facilitators, to my delight.

Being grateful for what one has is such a transformative practice. The idea is simple but it takes dedication to make it work in our lives. The rewards of being appreciative ripple out, like ripples in a pond, touching others too.

It makes me proud to be part of a grand Gratitude movement in this world, joining others who are gratitude proponents, such as Deepak Chropa, Neale Donald Walsch, Brené Brown, Oprah and many other spiritual leaders. How good is that?!

And just like a daily gratitude App you might have on your phone, I also offer Daily Gratitude Thoughts to an email list, and have been doing so for several years. If you would like to receive my free daily “gratitudes,” you can sign up at the home page of www.graceofgratitude.com.

50 Free Things to Be Grateful for!

“If you want to feel rich, just count all the gifts you have that don’t cost money.”
Proverb

I am so thankful for the gifts of my life, that are free and unfettered. Good health, stable home life, love that abounds, pets that adore, country living, wondrous nature, my own creativity, the ability to give and receive, sparkling night skies and waters, the overall magic and wonder and mystery of life that is always visible when I open my spiritual eyes to see. I am in deep gratitude for the lavish riches of life!

If you want to feel more abundance, if you want to feel more prosperous even if you don’t have much money, take time to savor all the things in your life that don’t cost anything. Feeling grateful is the antidote to not-enoughness, because we are focusing on what is there, what we have, rather than what we don’t. We can take stock of many, many things that are abundant in life when feeling scarcity and immediately feel better. Below is a list of 50 things I am grateful for that don’t cost a dime. Join me and make the list longer!

1. Waking up to a new dawn each morning with brand new possibilities
2. A friend who loves me unconditionally
3. Loving and accepting someone unconditionally
4. Taking a walk in nature
5. Sunflowers brightly blooming in the summertime
6. A profusion of Golden Delicious apples on a tree in our yard
7. The beauty of reflections in water
8. A newborn infant’s eyes
9. The devoted, unfailing love of a dog or cat
10. Dramatic sunsets on the beach
11. Laughing and being silly
12. Imagination
13. Spirituality
14. Sharing
15. Caring
16. Being willing
17. Being nurtured and nurturing
18. Freedom
19. Free will!
20. The realization that life is infinite
21. Gazing at a night sky
22. Enjoying the sound of a stream or river or waterfall
23. Communication
24. Intuition
25. Creativity!
26. Peace, quiet, serenity
27. Appreciating the change of seasons
28. All the colors of the rainbow
29. Music and rhythm and harmonious singing
30. Hugs and kisses
31. Snuggling
32. Fresh clear water to drink and swim in
33. Wildlife – deer and jack rabbits
34. Feeling oh so deeply and passionately
35. Baby lambs, puppies, and kitties
36. The beauty of snowflakes falling
37. Joy!
38. All the colors of the rainbow
39. Dancing
40. Fragrances like lavender, rosemary and thyme
41. Library books
42. Positivity and optimism
43. Meditation
44. Gifts
45. Kind deeds and compassion
46. Non-judgmental understanding
47. Peace like a river
48. Honesty and integrity
49. Self-Love
50. Living in gratitude

Deborah Perdue is the author of several books on the topic of gratitude. She has written two Grace of Gratitude Journals, Grace of Gratitude Reflections and is presently working on a new book, Daily Gratitude Reflections – 365 Guides to Great-ful Living to be released Fall 2016. www.graceofgratitude.com. She teaches workshops, classes and retreats on the topics of gratitude, and bringing more joy and peace into our lives. She is also an accomplished book designer, www.illuminationgraphics.com and a nature photographer.

Take a time-out for gratitude…..

In the midst of everyday life, things can get stressful. Maybe
something happens during your workday that knocks you out of your normal
peaceful state of mind. These are times when remembering to be grateful
can shift you back into peace and calm and joy immediately, rather than feeling
stuck in the stress or turmoil of your day.

I know, for me, this can be the most challenging time to remember thanksgiving,
when things have gone awry, but if I can remember to stop and take a minute to
remember what IS going right, and what I DO appreciate, it changes everything in
a very positive way. Don’t forget the magic of gratitude — you cannot be
simultaneously angry or upset while feeling grateful.

So do your best to remember this little tip next time you feel like the people
around you, or situations you’re dealing with, seem to be bringing you down!

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