A few years ago, I established what has now become my annual tradition. At the beginning of each New Year, I search inside my soul for a special word that will be my mantra for the following twelve months. My theme word for 2014 has been Gratitude.
Life is always teaching lessons and giving pause for reflection…
My father passed away a year ago this month at the ripe old age of 88. He had been declining mentally as well as physically for a while, but his stability took a turn for the worse after Hurricane Sandy destroyed his tiny beachfront home. During that same year, a dear friend’s husband also departed this world after his battle with ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
How is it possible that people can touch our hearts and play an active role in of our lives…and then suddenly, they are gone and all that we are left with are photographs and memories? The lesson learned is to appreciate and acknowledge each and every one of our beloved family and friends in the here and now. No one knows what tomorrow brings; we only have today.
These past twelve months I have reminded myself to cherish the little things. Be present. Breathe in the moments. Soak up the interaction. Let loved ones know how much they mean. Reminisce about the happy and special times shared together. Give compliments. Tell others that they have made a difference.
The most wonderful thing about acknowledging gratitude is that even the tiniest of gestures are appreciated. It keeps the focus on positives instead of negatives. Small acts of kindness become huge celebrations.
I have a wonderful nuclear as well as extended family that loves me unconditionally. I am fortunate to have a roof over my head, food in my refrigerator and clothing to wear. I love my career and am grateful to the clients that have entrusted me with their skin. I have many dear and cherished friendships. I truly have everything I need. My life is full of abundance.
I am blessed…
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Sherri Hayter. She is the artist and creator of the lovely plaque that is shown above. Her beautiful creations can be viewed at sherrihayter.com.