Everyone likes to feel appreciated and to receive gifts, after all, it is human nature to accept and offer kindness. When my blog buddy Deborah of The Monster in the Closet generously offered me and fourteen others three blog awards, it got me thinking about grace and gratitude and how we must always remember to say thanks and share our gifts. Regardless of our circumstances, we can all knock on gratitude’s door and find reasons to be grateful; especially during difficult times. I’ve adapted an old post of mine on the subject and, also, I have decided to share these three awards with every blogger; my many blog buddies, friends, any blogger who stops by is welcome to them. Congratulations all! Below are ten reasons to help us stay focused on the good while we work to resolve the difficult? What Gifts are you grateful for? Do share.
The Gift of Life: Without life we have nothing. Life is a great gift and we need to see the preciousness of our life and the lives of others. When we value our life, we are spurred on to sustain it and protect the lives of others. If you are going through difficulties, it is hard, sometimes, to see the point/value of life, but I encourage you to hold on, seek the help of a trusted family member, friend or a professional and know that you are not alone.
The Gift of Family: Our family knows us best and they love us even when conflict arises. For those blessed with a supportive family, it is a treasured gift. Do not take it lightly. There are all types of families and we can create a community of supporters who are essentially a form of family. Yes, I commiserate with folk who have problematic families, however, don’t give up on the fact that you can be that candle in the dark and that you can bring about needed change to the hurt in your family.
The Gift of Friends: True friends are golden and when we are blessed with such people, we should remember to honor them and acknowledge the blessing they represent in our lives. We have all read stories about good-time friends and should recognize that it is the quality of our friendships that count not the quantity. Rejoice if you have even one friend who will climb a mountain to help you, and will celebrate all your successes with a joyful heart.
***As a special Thank YOU, I want to acknowledge all my blog buddies who have been very helpful to me on my journey to grow this blog. I’m extending these Three blog Awards to YOU!!! Each of you have been very supportive with your kind words and comments and I have to say THANK YOU! Also, I’m extending same to all other WordPress and Blogspot Bloggers for your resilience. These three awards are for you too. My only request is that you claim them and enjoy displaying them on your blog and give this blog a mention. You may also share them with 15 or more bloggers and mention where you got them from.(more below) *** Thanks to everyone else; non-bloggers and social media friends, you are appreciated too.
The Gift of Love: Love is expressed in multiple ways and we experience a form of love daily that we must remember to be thankful for. The smile of a store clerk, the help from a friend or stranger, the hug from a child and the support of loved ones are all gifts of love… We must appreciate love, give it back to others, and share it freely with those who are hurting and need it.
The Gift of God’s Grace: There is grace in everything we do if we believe it. Divine Grace is available to all and cannot be bought. Everything we accomplish requires a measure of faith, knowledge and the grace of God. We must also remember the grace of people who help us achieve our goals. I believe in prayer and a thankful attitude and we can all benefit from remembering to see the grace of the many helpful hands, seen and unseen, that have contributed to our lives…. Come back soon as I will post the awards. Enjoy!
“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” William Faulkner
The Gift of Health: Like life, our health is paramount to our ability to complete our tasks. Good health is a precious gift. As time goes by, many of us develop aches and pains and scars from a lifetime of hurts; we can renew ourselves by simple exercises. Walking, yoga, dance, swimming, and other sports can get our endorphins rejuvenated so we can maintain our health. Even people with chronic conditions can find a safe way to keep body, mind and spirit uplifted. Seek help from a professional when needed and keep your body moving.
The Gift of Faith & Food: To have faith is to trust that no matter the circumstances, we will overcome and have food to nourish the body and feed the mind. Faith is needed for everything we do but I will focus on food here. Food is medicine and if we stop to think about it, there are people in countries around the world who have little or no food to nourish their bodies. I think of Mother’s Kitchen and the array of soup kitchens around the country that feed the homeless, and I encourage you to offer your help at any near you. It is a great way to give back and to learn an appreciation for the food we eat.
The Gift of Choice: We choose how we respond to events in our lives and our attitude is a key factor in the outcome. We have freewill to choose our mood. I find that when we focus our attention on choosing to see the good in events and to look for solutions, our mood and circumstances shift. Problems don’t automatically varnish, however, dwelling on the negativity doesn’t improve anything. Make a decisive choice and follow the path of light. Uplift others and see yourself uplifted.
The Gift of a Sound Mind: The mind is a powerful tool and protecting it from stimulants and negativity is a gift we must give to ourselves. We live in a world that is linked to a super highway of accessible information flying at us from many directions. We need to pay attention and be selective about what we are exposed to; the more judicious we are about the kinds of information and opportunities we subscribe to, the better. There is nothing wrong with information – just be vigilant and feed your mind good messages, great music and healthy foods.
The Gift of Community & Service: At the end of the day, all of us want to be appreciated and heard. The gift of community opens the door for us to hear/listen and be heard. When we offer our talents and services to others in need, we are lending our hearts and ears to them, and in turn, they share theirs with us. When we build or join a trusted community of people who believe in our well-being and support us, we thrive. A community can be a small group of supportive friends or a larger entity. The size of the community we join doesn’t matter as long as we are comfortable and contribute. What matters is that we care and others care. Reciprocity is important.
As per the Blog Awards, if you choose, you may do the following 4 things: 1)Thank and link to the person who nominated you. 2)Share seven random facts about yourself. 3)Pass the award along to 15 deserving blog buddies and 4) Contact those buddies to congratulate them. Otherwise, follow my earlier suggestion. Thank you!
Everyday, we have an opportunity to thank our loved ones and show appreciation for divine grace, and people’s grace; the kindness of others. Don’t forget to do same. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” What are your thoughts. What are you grateful for? How do you honor those who have supported you? Do share! Thank you and have a prosperous summer!
Positive Motivation Tip: Gratitude is a state where the heart meets the head and both bow in joy and thankfulness.
- Best Blog Awards (kutarere.wordpress.com)
- Gratitude (crazyrunninglegs.com)
- Blog Award (Lexisjen.wordpress.com)
- Seeds of Gratitude (chutneybynancy.org)
- Shine Get! (shardsofinfinity.wordpress.com)
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