Thankful for the ups and downs – lesson for thanksgiving

I came across this video this morning and wanted to pass it along. (Thank you Steven Aitchison)

I love the message it gives about being thankful and grateful for the ups and the downs, the good times and the bad, the success and the failures.


Do we focus on what is missing in our lives, or all the wonderful blessings?

We are trying to sell our home right now.  The process has allowed me to build more patience and faith.  I was thinking about being away from my family this morning, and I found this quote.  It reminded me just how blessed I am in my life.

“When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives, but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience heaven on earth.” – Sarah Breathnach

How often do we focus on the things that we don’t have, or the things that are missing in our lives, and forget to recognize ALL the wonderful blessings that we have?

I am going to continue to focus on recognizing all the abundance in my life…how about you?

What can we be grateful for?

I came across this video this morning.  Whether you believe in God or not, I feel that this video portrays a great message of the importance of gratitude.

I know that we sometimes focus on all the things that we “don’t have” or all the things that are causing us pain.  What if we paid more attention to the little things that we can be grateful for?  How would that change how we looked at life?  Please take a minute to watch the video below.

How can noticing and being grateful for the little things in life assist us in programming and directing our lives?  

Gratitude…how can we live by this principle?


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I love this quote.  Simple AND Powerful.

How do you live by gratitude?  


Does gratitude help us have peace of mind?


I came across this quote this morning and that it was perfect for our focus on Gratitude this week. I find that having the peace of mind and happiness inside that gratitude can bring…allows me to better direct and program my life.

How does gratitude allow you to have peace of mind and happiness inside?  

How can gratitude assist you in living your life?



This week, I am going to focus on the topic of Gratitude, and specifically look for thoughts and comments on how gratitude can assist us in living our lives with more purpose, direction, and joy.

How has gratitude assisted you in living a life with more purpose, direction, and joy?  


The best way to teach love is to be love

With Thanksgiving approaching us this week, I thought I would study and focus my thoughts around ways we can show gratitude and thanks in our lives.

I feel that one of the best ways we can show our gratitude and thanks is through showing love. The main principle I want to this week is:  The best way to teach love is to be love

“it is not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing it.  It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving” – Mother Teresa

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas around this subject this week.