Intentional Gratitude

Cherish. Thankful. Things held dear. Highly regarded. Motivating.

It’s hard to believe it has been six months since I last blogged, and yet my work life has been in a beautiful transition for which I am most grateful.

Having crossed over to the world of advertising from that of journalism, I find the two worlds, although somewhat different, are similar and that makes me smile.

As we enter now this Thankful season, I think of all the things I hold dear.

Specifically, God and people.

God, because I love that I have a Creator Who is the Ultimate Artist. Just that He exists gives me hope for each day. Purpose. Knowing that I can share each day with the Unseen Seen, the Ancient of Days, the First and the Last inspires me to creatively love and move in gratitude for each day.

People, because they are blessings on the move. The planet awakes and pursues the day’s activities and it is totally and completely marvelous.

Barriers.

Yet we know life is not always pleasant and that in spite of God and kind people and beauty in nature and the feeling of the crisp autumn breeze, we experience frustration, tragedy, setbacks, pain, things out of place.

There is no what to do list, per say.

Yet intentional Gratitude remains.

We can get lost in the misery of the day or choose to rake it, like a pile of dead leaves to the side and keep on moving.

Intentional Gratitude is focusing on my blessings and not on the day’s shortcomings. We both acknowledge the real .. while also adding the positive.

The Thanksgiving season is a pivotal time of year in which I challenge myself to remember the little things: a conversation with a friend, my favorite song on the radio, the smile of a kid eating an ice cream cone, the laughter from a bunch of office peeps who know how to have fun, an answered prayer, sunrise, sunset, and more.

Yet gratitude is a choice and sometimes requires effort on my part to focus on the positive.

Outside, it appears to be a foggy morning. The angels on my window sill seem to greet the day, a wonderful reminder for me to do the same.

May blessings chase us today, and may we all find happiness in these precious moments of the season.


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