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Gratitude- A Time of Thanks and Giving

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time where the weather gets colder, holidays are upon us, the year is coming to a close, and we take time to reflect on what we are grateful for.  It’s also a reminder that we should take time to express gratitude on a more regular basis, not just when the year comes to an end.

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Deepak Chopra says it best that:

“Gratitude is such an important force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving relationships, and even improve our health…It is a fullness of heart that moves us from limitation and fear to expansion and love. When we’re appreciating something, our ego moves out of the way and we connect with our soul. Gratitude brings our attention into the present, which is the only place where miracles can unfold.”

In the spirit of Thanks and Giving, here is a list of 20 things I’m grateful for…

  1. Having my family alive and healthy
  2. Getting to see my family for the holidaysquotes-for-family
  3. Technology allows me to stay in touch with friends & family when I can’t see them
  4. A roof over my head
  5. My well-decorated house that reflects my style and personality. I love it!
  6. Plenty of food in my fridge and pantry
  7. A reliable vehicle that gets me where I need to go
  8. I stay busy but also take time to appreciate the little things
  9. Coffee…warm, delicious coffee. I love it.
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  10. Hot showers…there’s nothing like it
  11. The drive and desire I have to commit to a healthy lifestyle
  12. Mental and physical strength
  13. Friends who appreciate and value my company and who I feel the same way for in return
  14. Being comfortable in my own skin
  15. Self-confidence and acceptance
  16. Resiliency to handle setbacks gracefully without falling apart
  17. An open mind that allows me to accept others’ ways of thinking and being even if they are not the same as my own
  18. Being able to forgive others even if I do not receive an apology or closure
  19. Faith that things will be alright in the end…if it’s not alright, it’s not the end
  20. Being at a place in my life where I may not have everything I want, but I am content with what I have

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I have to say, making this list really got me into the spirit of being in the present and being thankful. It’s amazing  how just being conscious of the the things you are grateful for can instantly boost your mood. Try making your own thankfulness list!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

Ciao for now!

 -E

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9/11 Morning Workout

Being that I live in New York, 9/11 is an especially tough day for many people I know who lost loved ones on that fateful Tuesday we all remember in 2001.9-11 twin towers

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This morning, as my alarm went off at 5:45, I thought about how many people were waking up for work at that time on this day 12 years ago…not knowing it would be their last day on this earth. So even though I was tempted to hit snooze and tell myself I’d go for a run after work, I decided to get out of bed and do my 6am workout. As I laced up my sneakers and pulled my hair into a ponytail, I reminded myself of how precious and fragile life is. Every day that we wake up is a gift. It’s a chance to be better than we were yesterday. It’s a chance to make a difference in the lives of others. It’s a chance to treat our bodies with the respect they deserve…because some people aren’t lucky enough to see another sunrise, to feel their hearts beating as they hit the next mile marker on the treadmill, to feel their sweat beading as they push through that last set of bicep reps.

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This morning’s workout was for all of those people who lost their lives in the senseless acts of September 11, 2001. As I write this, family members are reading their lost loved ones’ names at the 9/11 tribute in Downtown Manhattan. It is heartbreaking, but thinking of their tragic ending reminds me to not take my own life, and my own health, for granted. And I hope what I’ve written here inspires you to do the same.

Ciao for now!
-E