Sharing Fellow Publisher Terry Chriswell's Reminder to be Grateful
Being part of the Natural Awakenings family has many benefits, some of which include working from home and being my own boss. As a publisher, I also get the support, experience and guidance of our tremendous CEO and founder Sharon Bruckman, the outstanding home office team, plus my own talented team. I am also surrounded in support by my fellow publishers across the country. This group of people is gifted, thoughtful, giving and care as deeply as I do about the things we are so lucky to be able to share in our editions each month.
As I stared at my computer screen to come up with the letter this month, one of my fellow publishers shared an excerpt from her book that I feel gives the perfect message for November. Terry Chriswell’s graciousness came to me right when I needed it.
I am grateful for many things – my husband, my family, my health, my friends. I am also grateful that I have been given this opportunity to be part of this Natural Awakenings family, to be able to grow and learn as a publisher for the past three years. I couldn’t have done it without those mentioned here or without my loyal advertisers and readers. To all, I say, “Thank you!”
Be well in love and peace,
Every November as Thanksgiving rolls around, we’re reminded to be grateful; literally “giving thanks” for all we have. What if we put that mindset into practice every day of the year?
- Make a choice to focus on aspects of your life that make you feel thankful and appreciative. Is the glass half-empty or half-full? In reality it’s both, but what you are conditioned to look at first? Gratitude requires a perspective shift, and an awareness of the many things, people and circumstances we take for granted. A gratitude practice fosters heightened awareness and creates a feedback loop known as a “virtuous circle.”
- Notice how you compare from a place of deficiency. We try to keep up with the Joneses but the competition is all in our heads. When we compare ourselves to others (or someone does it for us, by “shoulding” on us), we feel less powerful, less important, inadequate, unsure about who we are and what we’ve done. You can’t possibly feel gratitude when you are focused on lack. That race is simply unwinnable.
- Focus on present self and the glass is already half-full. You are valuable; you have important contributions to make to the world; and you are the reason someone has a smile on her face or an extra tip in his pocket. You are special and unique, so have gratitude simply for who you are, as you are, every day. How many ways can you find to be grateful about yourself?
An “attitude of gratitude” affects everything. When you focus each day on things, people and situations you appreciate, that positive flow of energy will extend to other areas of your life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to automatically think in terms of gratitude and appreciation? Instead of feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, you will experience your life as full and rich and vibrant, looking forward to even more.
Excerpted from Moving Toward Happy, by Terry Chriswell, author and co-publisher of Mile High Natural Awakenings, in Denver. She can be reached at [email protected]