“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

~ William Arthur Ward

When was the last time you stopped and expressed gratitude for the little things in life?

gratitudeThe other day, I was coming home from the laundromat, dealing with a sinus infection and some congestion.  It turns out that I had to stop twice, in walking from the car to my front door just to catch a breath.  When I walked in the front door I immediately burst into tears.

At this point, I’ll admit to having nothing less than a mini-breakdown.  Looking back now I can only assume that I was sick, tired and sick AND tired of being sick.  But that meant nothing to me then.

What mattered at that moment was the need for air.  The need to take a deep breath.

You see, when you take a situation where you’re trying to catch your breath, throw in a majorly stuffy nose and then some big ‘ol ugly tears and you’ve got a situation where you can’t, for the life of you, take a deep breath.

I was able to recognize what was about to happen and self-talked myself out of giving in to the fear (in my head of course) and pull out of it.  Later that night I was fine.  And now, looking back, I’m better than fine.

But at that moment, it made me realize just how grateful I was for being healthy (the majority of the time), being able to breathe easily, and for my husband (and later, my online friends) that were there to support me.

If you want to witness many new and exciting things entering your life, I suggest you take the time to reflect and be grateful for the many things that are already going on in your life….from that new client, to that yummy caramel macchiato and pumpkin muffin to knowing that you have a comfortable place to call your home.

While you’re at it, why not start a gratitude journal.  I keep on in my nightstand and will often times write down at least five things that I’m grateful for before I go to sleep at night.  Talk about sweet dreams!!