I hope everyone is doing well! It’s time for my monthly series in the Year of Big Questions from Oprah Magazine. If you’re new to the series, you can go back to my original post about it or click on Big Questions in the Lifestyle section of my menu above. Last month’s post can be viewed here. The November Oprah Magazine Big Question is based on “How gratitude shifts your attitude.” I’m not going to lie, this one brought on buckets of tears from me.
The magazine asks, “Who or what do you need to thank?” It goes on by saying “Gratitude isn’t just a concept we should visit annually over roasted turkey. It’s a mindset that’s been scientifically shown to help nourish the body and mind – improving sleep, easing depression, boosting immunity, and lowering stress. It says that you can conjure it anywhere, whether you’re admiring a sunrise over Angkor Wat or a ladybug in your backyard. No matter the size, shape or occasion, any bit of thankfulness is guaranteed to do you good.”
As you know by now, I’m a deep thinker and have been my whole life. However, I think that the past 10 years of my life have brought about an even deeper sense of gratitude. I’m writing this blog post on November 4th, 2018. This is the six year anniversary of the death of my mother. I don’t think I ever thanked my mother for all that she taught me and gave me throughout the 47 years that I had her in my life. My mom and I were so close. After I left home for college at 18 years old, my mom and I talked on the phone daily for a minimum of 30 minutes (for almost 30 years). She supported me in all of my pursuits. She supported my siblings in all of theirs as well. Even though my kids lived about 1200 miles away from their Gran, they had a close relationship with her. She was so proud of them. So I’d like to take this time to say Thank you Mom. I appreciate all that you so selflessly did for me and our family, all that you taught me, and how much you loved me and all of us. I miss our daily talks so much.
I lit a candle in memory of the woman who I am most grateful for.
I feel like there was a shift in my attitude to expressing more gratitude since the scary days of my mom going through her cancer diagnosis, treatments and subsequent death. Through the experiences that I had during those awful three years I learned what’s important in life. By shifting my attitude, I definitely feel more gratitude.
- I now take time to appreciate the quiet moments in my days to simply enjoy the beauty of nature.
- I literally stop to smell the roses.
- I take nothing for granted.
- I volunteer more often to impact the lives of others.
- I appreciate all of the blessings in my life. I feel so lucky and grateful.
- I take time to cultivate stronger relationships with my true friends. I don’t deal with people who cause drama. Life is simply too short for that.
- I’m currently learning to appreciate the vast world that we live in through more travel.