Well, here we are a week before Thanksgiving... It's certainly an understatement to say we've been through A LOT this year and many people have, and continue to, struggle in myriad ways.

Therefore, on the surface it might seem like there's not much to give thanks for in 2020 with all of the stressful adjustments and devastating loss of life, finances, and connection to name a few.... But with with every cloud comes a silver lining, so it's worthwhile to think about what they have been for you these past eight months.

If we heed the saying that goes,"There are no problems only opportunities," you'll find that can take the edge off any of the circumstances in which you find yourself. And remember that what you focus on grows, so wherever you can find gratitude, however you can look at something and find a beneficial aspect no matter what, it will make your life a little better - because we may not be able to control certain things, but we can choose our response or perspective. And if you can't quite see or know exactly what the up side is at this moment, trusting that there IS one which will eventually reveal itself can be enough to get you through - and makes a deposit in the "positive" bank account rather than the "negative" one.

I'm not saying any of this is easy! It takes discipline and constant reminders and motivation to train yourself to think like this - so I hope today's PGG helps in that way. And I wanted inspire you to be grateful for your life: The breath and heartbeat you possess to be alive during an extraordinary time in the history of our planet with the opportunity to profoundly heal and evolve ourselves for the well-being of everyone everywhere.

Today's PGG Video of the Week reminds us how to be grateful during tough times, or check out this one about honoring every meal, not just Thanksgiving. And if it is just too difficult to be thankful right now, simply feel the cleansing, peaceful vibes from this Instagram post. For something a little more in-depth for my thoughts on personal growth, communication and healing, check out this podcast style interview with Rick Young of What's in Your Hand Radio Show.

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Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving holiday, whatever that looks like for you this year! <3

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And in case you missed these, you can read my PGGs that specifically address the current crisis: Quality Control: How to make the best of these times of quarantine and questioning, How to cope with (and benefit from) what you can’t see during the time of corona, United We Stand and Anatomy of Awareness. You can also check out The Pain of Being, which talks about the George Floyd/BLM protests. Feel free to share those links (or any others) with anyone who could benefit.
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Attitude of Gratitude
Originally published on July 8, 2014

When author and self-help/relationship guru Iyanla Vanzant was asked what her prayer is, she answered that she had three. The first one is “Help!” The second is “Help Now!” And the third is: “Thank you.”

Especially during stressful times, it’s good to keep that superpower (as I described it to my ninth-graders in Life Class) in your back pocket to use throughout the day and cultivate and attitude of gratitude as part of your overall MO. Many studies and notable folks have promoted the benefits and magic that the energy of gratitude unleashes; whether writing a daily list, speaking it to others in your life, or silently acknowledging everything you are thankful for as they arise in and around you, gratitude opens your heart and is the best way to celebrate your life, stay grounded and reduce your stress no matter what.

Yes, we all know that Oprah keeps a gratitude journal, but even tough guy media mogul and bison king Ted Turner, in some of his darkest hours in the midst of a huge corporate mess and painful divorce, said that’s what kept him going. Every night before he went to sleep he would think about everything in life he was grateful for, and that helped get him through to another day.

Of course it’s easy to be grateful when things are going your way, got lucky or you prayers were answered, but what about in the midst of a difficult situation or for the things we take for granted and hardly even notice anymore? It’s not always easy when you’re in the moment, but just try breaking out some appreciation when dealing with serious challenges and/or their aftermath (i.e. taking care of a sick/aging parent, being laid off from your job, breaking up with a longtime partner, facing a debilitating illness or physical disaster), and focus on whatever good the situation is allowing you to experience right then and there. Remember to think about other hard times you’ve gone through in the past — in hindsight you were always glad they happened, right?

There are so many ways and moments that we can use gratitude, not the least of which is in our everyday interactions — whether with friends, family, foe or stranger, the common courtesies of “please” and “thank you” go a long way and are indeed deposits in the gratitude account. And the little things and everyday surroundings we take for granted are not to be overlooked; this truly is the stuff of life: “Thank you for the roof over my head, my functioning brain, my ability to dance and listen to music, all the work I’ve done on myself to get to this point. The fresh air, sunshine and easy access to the ocean as well as to the mountains; the rain that makes the leaves green and the air that those leaves create so I can breathe; for the good friends and people who support me and make me laugh…” you get the idea.

It’s even become automatic now that when I sit down to eat a meal, I briefly pause to silently give thanks for the fact that I have food before me and appreciate the nourishment it provides, the miracle of Nature, the variety of options available to me; for all the hard work it took to get it here; the people at the farmer’s market and grocery store; the fact that I had the money buy it and my ability to cook, see, smell, taste and digest it; for the pleasure it gives me. It takes only a few seconds to encompass that recognition and all of those thoughts into one acknowledging feeling, because when you really think about it, it truly is a blessing. (P.S. I LOVE food.)

And, as a professional coach, I am beyond grateful to all my clients, who trust me with your time, energy, journey and dollars, and allow me the opportunity to do something I truly love that helps you grow and heal your lives, which in turn has helped me to grow and heal mine. And for my PGG readers who allow me to express myself in a creative way that you find beneficial and entertaining: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

It’s true that ” What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” so if you can’t quite see the silver lining in the clouds around you, give me a buzz and I’ll help you taste the rainbow of your life...

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