A Gift of Gratitude

A blog post by Lisa Cordeiro, RN, Health Services Coordinator

November is the month that prompts many of us to be thankful.  It is a time when families get together.  We begin preparing for the holidays and the stress that they bring.  It can be a time of great sadness for people who have suffered losses and are alone. It can also be a time of great joy and celebration.

I want to share my personal practice regarding living a thankful life.  I keep a daily gratitude journal.  At the end of each day, I write down 3-5 things that I am grateful for.  It can be as simple as a warm cup of coffee or a cozy blanket.  It may be my profound gratitude for my children and grandchildren.  This practice keeps me grounded and completely in awe of all that I have in life.

It is okay (and helpful at times) to vent and have the occasional pity party because life can be stressful and challenging.  Living a grateful life, however keeps it in perspective. We can all be faced with difficult situations and choices. It is always about how we handle any crisis, how we respond to adversity and how we choose to live our lives.

I am also a believer in taking serious things seriously and injecting humor into the rest. We need to be able to laugh at ourselves and understand we are all a work in progress. So enjoy the upcoming season and all that it brings while being present, authentic and grateful because all you have is all you truly need.
Think about giving a gift of gratitude to yourself or others. Start your own journal and consider giving one as a gift to a friend, you will be amazed at how it changes your outlook and enriches your life!

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