A Grateful Heart Will Always Find Peace
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Notes On Gratitude

"Fan mail from some flounder?" A one liner from my youth that never fails to bring a smile to my face. It also serves as a reminder that messages do matter - especially ones of gratitude. Take time out today to write a thank you note to a friend, a neighbor, a care provider, a local merchant, the guys at Les Schwab or a clerk at the grocery store. You don't have to float your note in a bottle but putting pen to paper definitely adds energy to your words. Be yourself. Be sincere. A few lines will suffice. Drop your card in the mail, leave it on the counter, slip it under a door - whatever the case may be. Just make it happen. In a sea of nasty media and dismissive texts and emails, never underestimate the power of sharing your appreciation. Let people know you see them. That they matter. Expressing our gratitude can and does shift our world. One caveat: always say thank you without any expectation of something in return. Attaching an outcome is like letting all the air out of the tires before taking a road trip.
Note: 'The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends' aired from 1959 to 1964. After reading the rest of this issue, come back and click on the image to hear the characters. I can see you smiling from here. 
A Clear Place for Thanks
Create a designated container for the special notes and cards you receive. The ones that warm your heart and hold special memories. Mine are in a 8 x 12" zippered pouch which has a place of honor on my shelf. Any time I'm feeling a bit blue or disappointed in myself, I spend some time with this treasure trove. It never fails to lift my spirits. Note: It's important not to stuff the container. Keep it clear by saving no more than 20 notes. You can add new ones but be sure to purge as you go. Blessing the sender each time you read the message continues the cycle of thanks and well being. 
Gratitude Exercise
Here's a simple way to practice being thankful. Every time you put cutlery back in the drawer, with each item say one thing you are grateful for. Salad fork: I'm thankful for my comfy bed; soup spoon: I'm thankful for the tasty dinner I made; teaspoon: I'm grateful for Jasmine tea. This works well when unloading the dishwasher or just hand drying a few utensils. The holiday season is a great time to start this attitude of gratitude habit - AND get the kids started, too! If you are helping out in someone else's kitchen, get them involved in this simple gratitude game. I also find this is fun to do when putting laundry away or pairing up socks (double thanks with each pair).
Being thankful for what you have is the surest way to love where you are. If you are not happy with your place, you have the power to change. It's called gratitude.
ACP Wisdom Cards - 'Gratitude'

Here's a reminder to place your Gratitude card front and center. Focus on its message and use its energy to inspire finding ways to fill you and your home with the spirit of thanks. 

I wish for you a season of joyful gratitude,
a clear place and a peaceful heart.

Thanks for sharing the journey.
Here's to always looking up!

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