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(NOVEMBER) Thanksgiving brings to mind gratefulness

Saturday, November 07, 2015

A few years ago I decided I wanted to practice gratefulness more often. I feel this has changed my mindset to a more positive note and November (Thanksgiving specifically) is traditionally when most people give thanks so I decided I would take the whole month to practice gratefulness on a daily basis.

I am grateful for many things daily but I do not always appreciate that or remember to acknowledge it. I try to thank my angels & God daily for the many positive things in my life and sometimes my pride or inner child gets in the way.

What is harder is to thank them also for the negative things in my life. I am growing from these experiences even though they may be uncomfortable for me and I am grateful to be maturing and growing spiritually. This was brought back to mind when I talked to a dear spark sis about my dad. I loved my dad but his diseases made him an angry person & he found it hard to get close to people, give hugs, etc. I learned so much from him and from his suffering and while I some times wish he had been a "normal TV type" dad, I am grateful I had him as a father. He worked hard to provide for his family. I also admire my mom for standing by him and supporting him and for loving her kids enough to suffer through some of the harder times.

Today I am grateful for having "enough", enough food, shelter, job help, a running car, support from my family, etc. I always want more. I want to fill my emotions with "things" or food which does not help me. I found myself in a terrible credit card debt and dug my out twice. there will be no third time for that crap. Now I buy in my budget and with cash or I do not buy. I evaluate my emotions. Will I use this, how much will I use it, do I really need it or do I just want it, will I continue to use this next year, does this fill an emotional void, etc.

These small changes have helped me so much, that you will never know. I still get negative. I still whine... LOL ! I feel that over all, I have become more positive and I feel like I really like & enjoy more of my life now. It took me awhile to get there and I want to share a youtube link that I found to be helpful to me to be more positive and "BELIEVE" that I could do this for life.


I feel like so much of MY journey is the exchanges or thoughts that happen in my head. Any way I can be the mommy to my inner child and win the temper tantrum that she throws, I feel like I get healthier. So continue to fight friends because we are worth it !

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    Great blog! I love your point that you have enough - shelter, food, etc. That is an amazingly positive way to think! It's inspiring!
    638 days ago
    Thanks TC, it is good to see your inner light is still bright and shining!
    998 days ago
    1134 days ago
    Wow, what a powerful blog. You give me hope that all this is going to be just fine. Thank you for letting us read your thoughts! !!
    1374 days ago
    there's a Japanese method of self-reflection called naikan that asks the three questions, "What have I received from __?" "What have I given to __?" "What troubles and difficulties have I caused __?" and if you apply it to relationships and situations in your life it can lead to some great realizations similar to the gratitude experience.
    1376 days ago
    I loved your blog. Especially about being grateful for the negative things. I had never thought about it that way. I do remember saying that Steel is tempered through fire, but I never thought about being grateful for it.

    Thank you for the great take-away!
    1376 days ago
    What a beautiful blog...you've given me a lot to think about today.
    1378 days ago
    This is just what I needed to read today, TC. Thank you so much for thinking about this and posting your thoughts.
    1381 days ago
    One of the best blogs I've read in a long time! I also clicked the I Like This Blog. You have always been a role model for me from the day we met. You have many of the same issues I'm dealing with and you have taught me along the way. Thanks once again for sharing more of yourself. It truly is an inspiration to many!
    1381 days ago

    I stole 1 of Your images!
    I Love the part about my inner child because I use that excuse ALOT! But YOU made Me realize I have the Power to say NO!!!!

    YOU are emoticon !!!!

    GO PANTHERS!!!!!
    1382 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder, I need to also take time to be grateful. So today I am grateful that I read your blog.
    1382 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Awesome blog, TC!! I post one thing daily that I am grateful for. I am doing this on another SP friend's blog and you find there are so many things mixed in with those negative issues also dragging us down every day. Keep finding one thing every day. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1382 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    Awesome blog - thank you so much for sharing your positive mind set!!
    1382 days ago
    GREAT BLOG TC...but then again in my books you have always been emoticon

    Could not get your youtube to come up for me so hope I did not miss a whole lot.... emoticon

    Keep up the great work with your weight loss and especially BRAVO on getting your self out of debt twice...There will be no third time because you are beating the odds doing that twice emoticon emoticon

    Just love you to bits my wee girlie!! emoticon
    1382 days ago
    This is REALLY a great blog, you are so right about being grateful more often! It really does help one's outlook on life! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, I am going to click the "I liked this blog" icon! I hope more people will read this, and benefit from it! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1382 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Lovely. Being grateful goes a long way to happiness.
    1382 days ago
  • BEBARB149
    This is a wonderful expression of your willingness to grow as a person and to love yourself as much as others love you. I'll give you a little glimpse of the future. When you're about 60 you'll start wanting just to get rid of things. They just become burdensome. The only things you'll want to keep are the friends and experiences you've had throughout your life. They are what you should be collecting now.
    1382 days ago
    great blog!
    1382 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    My attitude is gratitude too.
    1382 days ago
    I absolutely love your blog. thanks for sharing and I agree with you that this is your year
    1382 days ago
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