An attitude of gratitude is what characterises the season we are in. Gratitude expressed and experienced spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially etc.

I don’t know if like me, you have had for the most part of your life neglected most if not everything around you. Living a life where you always are in expectation of something better to happen tomorrow. To the extent that you forget and fail to see the wonderful things and people, God has so graciously gifted you with.

Personally I have spent a lot of time looking at “bigger and important” things . I failed for the most part to appreciate the beautiful gifts of life. Many of you reading this might attest to this; We take for granted the family, friends, children, husbands, wives, colleagues, acquaintances, etc we have been privileged to have. We assume most of the time they know that we care about them and that God knows our hearts. This in itself is not wrong but it is not sufficient.

The little things God sends our way we often take them for granted. This is because we are so caught up in our expectations of perfection. We fail to see the important gift God has given us

I realized I have been passive towards the people, opportunities etc that have been presented to me; rather I spent more time, looking at what is not working.

When was the last time you said in faith and with all sincerity I love and appreciate you, to your wife, husband, children,friends, mother, father etc?

It may seem so small but I can tell you it makes all the difference. Hand written notes add a personal touch or “you” to your communication. Your loved ones or clients will connect to a word you write out yourself than an impersonal gift of flowers, jewelry etc chosen and sent by your secretary for example.

if you put your heart in what you are doing with your hands, your heart will do what your hands can’t do. ~ Dr Shawn Smith

Let me tell you a story, true story; I have been wondering recently about someone so dear to me.  I wasn’t thinking how to bridge the gap that had grown so wide between us because of neglect.  Thanks to this consciousness, i sent a text message to that person in all sincerity appreciating them for the gift they are to me. Lo and behold before I knew it, a response of gratitude and appreciation as well came back.

This is not to say you must expect a response in return but gratitude for everything and everybody in your life will add more life to your years.

I will encourage you this thanksgiving season to take out time today and be thankful for everything in your life! EVERYTHING

Let me end by saying I am grateful you are reading this note and you are a part of my life!!!

Happy thanksgiving week!

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  1. I connected with this, “I realized how passive I had been towards the people, opportunities etc that have been presented to me; rather I spent more time, looking at what is not working.” To be real, I’ve had a bit of a Pity Party this past week as I had to reschedule my women’s writing retreat October 29-November4, to April 2018.
    Slowly, I am shifting and your words remind me to be GRATEFUL all the time for everyone and everything.

  2. I love this quote Leila, “if you put your heart in what you are doing with your hands, your heart will do what your hands can’t do.” Gratitude is free and non-toxic. I highly recommend it! Awesome article 🙂

    1. So true Josephine. We get so busy that we loose sight of the essentials. We always catch ourselves and retrace our steps!😊

  3. Thank you Leila! Gratitude can make all the difference in shaping our lives and what we are creating and drawing to us. Thank you for highlighting this most important aspect of our human experience. <3

  4. Thanks so much for the reminder of the power of gratitude, Leila. Your words made me realize that gratitude is a wonderful way to bring yourself into the present moment.

  5. Appreciating your important reminders, Leila. I especially like your memes and the one message of “Everything and everyone is a gift from God.” So very true!
    It was interesting to re-read last year’s comment and what I was being called to release.
    Again, thank you for our regular connections through this group.
    Blessings streaming to Africa for you and yours!

  6. Gratitude has been life boat for many years and one of my most nurturing practices. I have integrated it into my relationships both personal and professional and see the ease with which gratitude is given and received! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insights Leila!

  7. When we take the first step to reconnect with people who matter to us but have been neglected in our gratitude practice, we will always get a positive response because we too are important for them, Leila. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

  8. I feel like saying thank you as much as you can is always important. Standing in appreciation allows our energy to be felt. It puts a smile on our face and radiate to others. We all love to feel appreciated.

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