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“Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.” Teresa Tsalaky, The Transition Witness
The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism. John C. Calhoun
Transitions themselves are not the issue, but how well you respond to their challenges! Jim George
Step back in perspective, open your heart and welcome transition into a new phase of life. Linda Rawson
For this week’s Photo Challenge on TRANSITION, I went back to the familiar; the transitions we see in the changing seasons every year. I love nature and its cyclical shift of seasons. Each season brings about a period of transition from birth to death to rebirth and vise versa. It is very much like life… The order of my photo collage begins with Spring in Row 1, then Summer, Autumn/Fall and finally the cold, snowy days of winter. Yes, I live in a part of the world where we have clear and distinct seasonal changes and I’m very grateful for the transitions and all the changes that come with them. If you’ve been a reader of this blog, you know that the cold days of winter are not my favorite but, it does have its charm. By the same token, we transition from childhood to teen years, adulthood and finally our Old age. Each season of life brings its gifts and challenges and all add meaning to our lives. What comes to mind when you think of Transition?
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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Want to be Happy? Be Grateful? Brother David Steindl-Rast
When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears. Anthony Robbin
In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. Anon
Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. E.P. Powell
No woman can control her destiny if she doesn’t give to herself as much as she gives of herself. Suze Orman
In daily life we must learn that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. Brother David Steindl-Rast
1. Begin each day with an expression of Thanks… Thank your body, your mind, your space, your Creator, all around you and all who you will be in contact with each day
2. Cultivate an attitude of giving thanks and giving back. Perform a random act of goodwill in thought, deed and action every day. A smile, a quiet prayer for someone else, a helping hand, a compliment, volunteering time, a gift, and even a call will help us help others.
3. Make a commitment to remember the grace in small things and to trust that disappointments are lessons
4. Be Present in your life and exchanges with others and see the grace in your interactions.
Today, I reached for an old copy of my Oprah Winfrey’s – O, The Oprah Magazine – from November 2014, on The Power Of Gratitude. I had kept it because it was rich with insightful articles and sharing on Gratitude and Thanksgiving. It got me thinking about what has buoyed my spirit these past few years as I struggled to move my life in a new direction. Sometimes, we forget that it’s the little things that get us going and help us make incremental leaps in our lives. So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am sharing 10 tips that have served me well. Do we have bad, down days? Of course, it is part of our life experiences to have ups and downs, and the key is to reflect, respond, and release the stuff. When we take time to express our gratitude and give/share it to others, more of the grace that gratitude inspires will come knocking on our door. Above and below, I have shared 10 Tips to help us all cultivate a spirit of active gratitude.
When a house is on fire,
the vessel salvaged
is the one that will be of use,
not the one left there to burn.
So when the world is on fire
with aging and death,
one should salvage [one’s wealth] by giving:
what’s given is well salvaged. Buddha
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
Gratitude is our ability to see the grace of God, morning by morning, no matter what else greets us in the course of the day. Craig Barnes
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy
Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for. Barry Neil Kaufman
Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. Lionel Hampton
5. Cultivate a spirit of forgiveness; Learn to forgive others, to let go of judgements, old hurts and slights
6. Be grateful for all the good that has crossed your path; the mentors, good Samaritans, friends, family and strangers
7. Maintain a journal and/or write a list of things you are grateful for each day. It could be 1-5 or more. Read: Oprah’s Gratitude Journal
In addition to the many vignettes shared in that November issue, O, The Oprah Magazine, staffers asked a number of contributing writers/editors to fill in the blanks to a number of questions. The questions also gave me a chance to reflect and be reminded that we don’t journey through life alone. We all meet guides and helpers along the way; both good and bad ones. Instead of being resentful about our bad experiences, we must learn to forgive and move forward. By forgiving others, we forgive ourselves and release the hatred and anger we hold inside. Do you hold grudges or do you believe in forgive and forget? Remember: They are all teachers/teachings on the path to wisdom and growth and we must be grateful for all of our experiences. Variety is what makes life’s lessons richer. Here are the questions and you can answer them in the comments or write them in your journal.
A. I’ll never stop being grateful for…..
B. My favorite way to say Thank you is….
C. The best Thank you I’ve ever received was….
D. When I was a kid, I didn’t realize how grateful I should have been for….
Come back later for my answers
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“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” Henry David Thoreau
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. Henry Van Dyke
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. John Milton
What Are You Thankful For? As Thanksgiving Day draws near, it is the simplest things that give me pause and make me thankful for each breath I take. I looked out my living room window yesterday evening and the sky was rich with color. The purple, red and orange/gold hues danced before my eyes and I was swept away to a place of deep joy and gratitude. As we all prepare to enjoy our thanksgiving meals and the coming weekend, let’s not forget these important Thanksgiving Tips: Share our Thanksgiving History/Heritage, Give thanks/Be grateful, Practice food safety, and Gather informative, helpful travel tips. Gratitude is key during this season … and patience too. I know that we must express our gratitude year round and not wait for one day to do so, however, the point of this special day is to remind us all of what we value most; love, life, friends, family, health, our home, every action that uplifts humanity, our pets, the power of prayer and God’s immutable grace. What do you value most? Add your own list in the comments Stay motivated by all that is good in humanity and share your gratitude!
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” Frank A. Clark
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel
Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song. Konrad von Gesner
What Insights help you Stay Motivated? Reading inspiring books and walking in nature help me stay motivated. Both fuel my mind and help me make the necessary shifts that I need … we all need that. Recently, I read three books that were truly inspiring: Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord, Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock. I invite you to expand your reading material and share.
The hazy photos above gave me something to reflect on. Sometimes, we walk around in a daze, not knowing what to do next or how to handle a challenging situation. We see everything as if in a fog, and we forget to appreciate the beauty in all things. I’m motivated by the fact that when we choose to see the beauty and the good during hard times, our burdens are lifted … even if so slightly. I’m glad to share that the fog will/does lift and we must stay committed to living our lives with a heart filled with gratitude. I took the photos, above and below, last night and it was such a joy to not delete any of them.
WHAT AM I THANKFUL FOR?
My recipe of thanks will have …
A vat full of love,
Endless cups of life,
Pounds and ounces of friends,
100 ladles of family,
108 tablespoons of health,
1 teaspoon from home,
Sprinkles from everyone,
Bowls of everything that uplifts humanity,
Carefully fold in scoops of our pets,
Mix in the power of prayer and
Add God’s immutable grace…
Stir with gusto and enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving y’all. from me – Elizabeth & Family
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for October and November are:
11/02 – LEGACY/REMEMBRANCE – All Souls/All Saints Day (11/1)
11/09 – HONORING VETERANS – Veteran’s Day (11/11) &
11/16 – HONORING ALL/OUR CHILDREN – Universal Children’s Day/World Children’s Day (11/20) & Great American Smokeout Day (11/19)
11/23 – GIVING THANKS – Thanksgiving Day! (11/26)
11/30 – REVISIT KINDNESS – World Kindness Day (11/13)
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