By Candy Finley, RN, IgCN - December 9, 2022
Let's start by taking a couple of deep breaths, inhale through your nose and slowly exhale out through your mouth (smell the flowers and blow out the candles is how I like to say it). Starting your day with a few minutes of prayer or meditation helps you to be intentional. Let's begin!
Gratitude is important if you want to nurture relationships with your family, friends, and neighbors. Let's define gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
In essence it can be as simple as saying "thank you" and really meaning it, writing a thank you note or simply listening to someone vent or lending a hand to those in need or a hug.
One shows gratitude by focusing on the things you have and not what you don't have. Show gratitude for all the opportunities that are afforded to you each day. Being thankful you woke up today and were able to get out of your bed is a good thing and should bring a smile to your face. It's so rewarding to be able to do things for the people we love and also for a stranger we just met. The smile they will wear all day will be worth it and often catapults them to pay it forward. Bring joy to your day by intentionally doing little things for others. Some believe it to be the most fulfilling thing in life. Service to others in your home, church, community, and nation just by showing you care will fill them with joy. Remember to stay positive, believe in yourself and set out to make a difference in the lives of others. If you're a person of faith, remember God is in control of everything that concerns our lives and there is no need to fear, so spread lots of good cheer. Love yourself and love your neighbors.
With the holidays approaching, can you think of someone who could really benefit from a small kind gesture today? I challenge you to fill that void.