50 Shades of Grateful

My daughter, who lives on the west coast, just celebrated one of those milestone birthdays.  Instead of me flying to her this year, she wanted to go home to NY and celebrate with family. So she and her family flew out and I flew up from FL and we met at my Mom’s.

We had a lovely week. Four generations of strong, proud, smart women – the youngest being 4 (going on 17) made for a week of opportunity to practice love, patience and positivity. There were a lot of smiles, some great stories and a few adventures. Once again I got to see what a good man my daughter married.  It’s almost like having Buddha around to help me keep my perspective. I am so grateful for his calm, even presence.

After they left to fly home, I left to do a workshop in Colorado – and being there was perfect! The cooler crisp air, the clear sunshine and the opportunity to work with a dedicated, smart and motivated team of people left me with a ‘Rocky Mountain High’ kind of feeling as my plane lifted off the ground.  (It helped when the gracious Southwest airlines flight attendant brought me a glass of wine anyway even though my coupon was expired.)

I think it began then.

I started making a list of all the things I was grateful for. The trip was not perfect, I’d had some physical challenges and wasn’t feeling my best the whole time – but even in that I found gratitude.  I was grateful to discover that my body pushed back when I pushed myself too hard. I was grateful to discover how people cared. I was grateful to feel the concern of people who loved me and the strangers to whom I turned for help.

I was grateful that my wonderful sister helped me out with the party and brought food and toys for the kids to play with, grateful to the people who planned the party, grateful to my daughter’s dad for the Yankees game, grateful to my brother and sister in law for a big old fashioned family dinner.

When I got home I continued the list and stayed in the glow of grateful.

It’s interesting to see what happens when you allow yourself that feeling. Going deeply into gratitude changes your biochemistry, your brain waves and your heart rate variability. Going deeply into gratitude bathes you in a vibration of positivity.

I’ve had two more speeches to do this week and both went exceptionally well. My buoyancy was evident and contagious.

As the week goes on I am adding to my gratitude list. I am meeting new people who are excited about what they are learning from me, I am meeting people that want to work with me, and I am making a difference in the lives of the people I touch.

Teaching, learning and living in 50 shades of grateful is an honor.  I am feeling so very blessed.

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