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In 2010, I created my first ABCs of Gratitude list.  I now look forward to this project every November. The simple yet thought-provoking exercise is a unique way to reflect on the year. Grab a sheet of paper and label it A through Z. Fill in with your blessings. If you get stuck on a letter, a dictionary is permitted!

Wayne Dyer believed that if you get to a place of gratitude you will experience peace. Be in a state of gratitude for everything because there is something to learn in everything. Be grateful even for the pain because there are lessons to be learned from it. According to Ingrid King gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance.

In keeping with my annual Thanksgiving month tradition, my 2018 ABCs of Gratitude list is listed below. I find it interesting to compare my list to prior years. Looking back, some years had more ups, and other years had more downs. But in the end, I always found 26 blessings. This year is no different. Most of my days have ended with awe inspiring sunsets such as the one taken from my brother’s backyard deck in the country.

Angels on Duty Anthology…Angel by My Side poem

Angels on Duty

Board Director…DAR Seminole Chapter

Creative Genius Anthology…My Parkinson’s Muse essay

Creative Genius

Dineen…stress buster housekeeper

eBay Seller Plus…1000+ reviews

Fennelly State Poet Laureate…workshop leader

God…providing healing and hope for Judy

Highland Park Anthology…Power Struggle poem

Highland Park Anthology

Invigorate…Dr. Sarah King Parkinson’s exercises

Joe…my love, my rock, my partner

Kitties’ 8th Birthday…Grace, Chauncey, Rosebud, Tigger, Boots, Angus

6 Kitties, 4 weeks old

All Grown Up! Rosebud, Angus, Boots & Tigger

Grace & Chauncey

Lake Yellowstone Hotel…mountains and lake room view

Peacefulness–What a View!

Marsha at Perry Consulting…PD website diva

Nieto…compassionate doctor

Okun…internationally known movement disorder specialist

Parkinson’s My Way…website and blog launch

Quietude…meditative nature walks

Lane to Family House

Reunion…50 year high school class ‘68

School Teacher Mrs. Kice…special visit

June Kice. my 7th & 8th Grade Teacher

Ten Year Anniversary…member Daughters of the American Revolution

Uncles (great) Carl and Rupert…honor sacrifice 100 year WW

Honoring Rupert’s Place of Death, Naix, France

Vinnie Ream Award Finalist…Voice Within poetry collection

Wood Stairs…Nic’s skillful renovation

X-rays…caring Active Health Center 

Yellowstone National Park…trip with Joe for memory bank

pastel stone, water

Yellowstone Canyon

Zeal for Exercise…keeping Parkinson’s at bay

Blessings!

Linda

 

 

My Muse–Princess Grace

My 2012 ABCs of Gratitude reveal many blessings. This simple yet thought-provoking exercise is a unique way to reflect on the year. Grab a sheet of paper and label it A through Z. Fill in with your blessings. If you get stuck on a letter, a dictionary is permitted! Making my list has become a Thanksgiving month tradition.

I credit Ingrid King for suggesting this activity three years ago. According to Ingrid, “Gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance”.

A for Ancestors…my proud heritage
B for Bonaparte’s Retreat…Tatianna book sales

C for Cannon Camera…recording life through my eyes
D for Daughters of the American Revolution…elected librarian
E for Essay…Out of Sight honor from Pen Women
F for Family…siblings healthy and employed
G for Gourmet Dinner Club…friendship and fellowship
H for Hope…my life works out as God intends
I for Interview…Sketch People by T. J. Banks
J for Joe…always there for my beloved cats and me
K for Kindness…of colleagues, friends and strangers
L for Leopard Lounge…Thanksgiving dinner at Chesterfield Hotel
M for Muses…Lexie Lee, Chauncey, Grace and five farm kitties
N for Northwood University…ongoing career opportunities
O for Outstanding Business Leaders…black tie gala
P for Photography…my first juried art show
Q for Quiet Weekends…to retreat and rejuvenate
R for Royalty Checks…an occasional surprise
S for Sugar Cookies…iced and sprinkled
T for Teapots & Treasures…perfect tea room for my friends
U for United States of America… land of the free
V for Vacations…family farm destination
W for Walking…being one with nature
X for Xmas…in snow powdered country
Y for Yoga…stretches my body and quiets my mind
Z for Zest…to fulfill my life mission

So there you have it. Now what are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Evening Sunset

Last year I wrote my ABCs of Gratitude and am pleased to report, I’ve made it an annual ritual. I credit Ingrid King for suggesting this activity. According to Ingrid, “Gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance”.

One of my students shared her list last year and I look forward to connecting with her this year. It’s a simple exercise that can engage children or students. What a unique way to spend time on Thanksgiving. Grab a sheet of paper and label it A through Z. Fill in with your blessings for the past year. I found it fun and eye-opening! Here’s my 2011 list.

A for Academic Dean Interim Appointment…unexpected
B for Bootsie Photo…second in Purrfect Days Calendar contest
C for Country Walks…food for my soul
D for Desserts…need I say more
E for Essay…published in Thin Threads–Women & Friendship book
F for Family Time…cherished sister, two brothers and sister-in-law
G for God’s Grace…at work in my life
H for Home…my South Florida personal paradise
I for Interviews…with Mary Jones radio and Liz Eastwood blog
J for Joe…romantic stay at Chalet Suzanne on Valentine’s weekend
K for Kitties in Missouri…beloved Rose, Rosebud, Tigger, Angus & Bootsie
L for Lake Helen Book Festival…meeting my readers
M for Mother’s Spirit…watching over me
N for Nature…seeing beauty in Iowa ice storm and fall foliage
O for Online Teaching…learning from diverse students worldwide
P for Photography Course…New York Institute of Photography
Q for Quiet Moments…with Lexie Lee, Chauncey and Gracie
R for Red Library Cat Room…a dream room come true
S for Sacha…who guides, inspires and centers me
T for Tatianna chapter…featured in cat anthology, The Amazing Life of Cats
U for Understanding…there’s more to life than what I see
V for Visits…to family farm for six weeks
W for Writers Workshop…teaching at N. Palm Beach Library
X for Xmas…in Midwest with siblings
Y for Yoga…love how it makes me feel
Z for Zebra Shoes…and all my shoes!!

So there you have it. Now what are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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