I have just begun reading from the beginning an amazing book called, “Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach, I had received it as a gift from a dear friend in the summer whose instructions were, “read from the date I give it to you, and then start on the 1st of January from the beginning.” Wow! The book has pretty much resonated page for page for me and what has been happening in my life throughout 2017 and now early 2018. Today’s excerpt was about gratitude and keeping a gratitude journal. I have talked to Michael so many times about being grateful for blessings, and even talked about writing down positive things. He is not yet the place to keep a journal, but for me as an exceptional mom, I realize this is the best time to get back to keeping a daily journal where I chronicle my blessings. Today so many beautiful things happened that I can’t wait to fill in the pages. And even on days that are tough, as the author says, there are always things to be grateful for and about.
Things have been gradually getting better with Michael, but I realized the other day that even when things were tough, our whole family still had so much to be grateful for; loving family, friends, a supportive therapy team, work colleagues, and a world ready to help Michael be all he can be. So many people, besides us, are rooting for our little boy. It’s time we show him, even in the tough times, that we believe he can achieve whatever he is meant to achieve, but that he needs to learn to appreciate what he has. And what better way to do that than by his parents practicing abundance in the form of gratitude. If I am appreciative of all I have as a human being I can more easily show that to my child, right? And it’s amazing how appreciating the little things translates into getting bigger and bigger abundance and blessings. Life is amazing if we are not afraid to open ourselves up to it.
Exceptional Parents, do you keep a gratitude journal? Do you thank the universe for all you and your family have even in the tough times? It’s an important lesson for your child to learn. When they are grateful for the little things and overcoming little obstacles, bigger obstacles are overcome too. Remember, you are their model for the real world. Until next time.
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