The Face of Gratitude

In recent years, I have written about gratitude many times. One article I wrote was called “The Greatest Gift,” which was dedicated to gratitude. In my youth, my old friend Ozzie told me, “You have a bad attitude,” many times. Throughout the years, I have learned that when I live in gratitude my “attitude” is deleted.

Ozzie was right, in my teens, I carried a large chip on my shoulders. Anger fueled my existence, frustration was my guide, and my BAD attitude ruled my life. There was no one thing that frustrated me, it was a combination of things. Mostly, it was simply the unknown; all of life’s questions scurrying around in my head.

These days, as gratitude fills my cells, I know deep down that it is the best place to live.  Carrying gratitude in my heart for the simplest of things stimulates joy. Gratitude at a soul level is truly the greatest gift.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I recognize how overlooked gratitude can be on a daily basis. We go about our business and forget how much we have. As a traveler, I’ve witnessed people in other parts of the world with so much less, yet their spirits are high with so much more. It always amazes me how much more we want, how much more we need, how much we feel we lack! 

The picture included here is “The Face of Gratitude.” As I sit listening to the creek meander along the rocks and drop into pools of water, I’m so grateful for my ears to hear the cacophony of nature. As I look at the tall pines, birds flying, clouds moving through the sky, I’m so grateful for my eyes that paint gorgeous pictures for me. As I weave my way along the path, jumping rocks and skirting huge boulders, I am ever so grateful for the ability to walk and move through this world. Sitting amongst the boulders and breathing clean fresh mountain air brings joy to my nostrils and fills my lungs with Pure Love. The simple things create “The Face of Gratitude” that I share with you today.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  May the gratitude you share today be carried with you always. For you and so much more, I am grateful.  Be well… Nancy T

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Yes Baby!

Assuming we have all had some experience with a baby, we recognize that when a baby cries it is in need. If the baby is not recognized, its cries become more insistent. Still left alone, the cry increases in volume and vigor. Ignored, the baby may throw a tantrum trying to get its need met.

I often use this analogy to helps clients to understand what is happening in the body. The body is our baby and how we treat it causes reactions large and small. Similar to the above scenario, when the body is hurting it cries. This may appear as a slight pain or discomfort. If we override this whimper, the body resorts to an adjustment in volume, perhaps increasing the pain level. Still no response, the body finds a deep pain or it reacts with bowel issues or anxiety. If we continue to ignore its plea for help, it becomes insistent with persistent headaches, back spasms, or incapacitation. All of this in an attempt to get us to STOP, LISTEN, and RESPOND to its cries. 

Why do we do that, ignore all of these signs and let our baby wail? We all have our reasons but mostly, we have trained ourselves to overrun our internal wisdom. Some people even look upon this act as being strong. Beating ourselves up, ignoring our body, mind, and emotions, that is one of our greatest weaknesses. 

I employ you to tune in and start saying, Yes Baby! When the slightest plea arises, take a moment to check-in with yourself. STOP whatever you are doing for a moment and take a breath. That simple act can save you from causing an internal avalanche. LISTEN, so that you can hear what your baby needs; perhaps a sip of water, a bathroom break, a moment to look outside. Given the situation, RESPOND as best as you are able. If you need to put off a response, make a deal with yourself and do it later. Whatever you do, honor the agreement you have made or you will have an uncontrollable baby on your hands.

Paying attention and giving our baby what it needs, not only settles the baby, it makes the entire family HAPPY and HEALTHY. Yes Baby! Be well…. Nancy T