Thursday, February 28, 2008

Prayers of Gratitude

Prayers of Gratitude
By Renee Canali

What if we took the risk
of getting close enough
to a homeless man
to experience his journey?

What if we paused
long enough
to feel the pain
of those that suffer?

What if, as we yearned
for someone to hold us,
we instead
held someone tightly?

What if we could observe
what is wrong with the world
in order to experience
what is right?

What if we stayed silent
long enough
to detect the faintest cry
from someone close by?

What if we found strength
among all our fears and insecurities,
discovering that strength is not only of the flesh
but more importantly, from the mind?

If all the world stopped
to listen
at precisely the same moment,
what would be heard?

Prayers of gratitude.

Monday, February 25, 2008

SPRING INVITATION

It has been a while since The Virtual Gratitude Party began. We have had a few early visitors but we are ready to ramp it up for SPRING!

Here are a few hilights:

March will be a celebration of obscure opportunities for showing, expressing and acknowledging gratitude. Share those things you are grateful for and you may open the door for someone else to discover gratitude in their life where they cannot yet see.

April is when we get really kickin'. I am looking for many ,many, many stories about things you are grateful for in your life. It may be an experience you have endured and now find yourself grateful that situation came into your life. It may be an appreciation you are currently living.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Warning:Opportunities Abound!

So many times I am reminded in very small ways that every day offers a multitude of opportunities for us to be grateful. For example, I received a call for help with a sick child because the mom was ill as well. The child needed to be picked up at daycare and brought home for tender loving care. I decided to take my lunchbreak to extend a helping hand. Driving home. I found myself smiling because I realize how grateful I am to have raised my two children already. I can now watch them discover the wonders life offers.

One of my clients is in the process of discovering how much insight she has when dealing with people. I know she feels the excitement of "something's coming", but does not yet realize the gifts that are unfolding. As this client moves into her fears, she begins to get more of a taste for what lies beyond. Once she decided to abandon the beliefs that hold her back,she has discovered old beliefs don't have as strong a hold as before. They keep coming back to check in-just to make sure she hasn't decided to go back to the old comfort zone.

This weekend I was greeted with a very warm welcome at the checkout stand in the grocery store. The checkout clerk remembered a few kind words I had shared a few days before when life wasn't flowing well for him. He was eager to tell me how just a few words had helped turn his day around-and he was still feeling the effects!

My mission in life is to touch 1 million hearts every day, both directly and indirectly. I am blessed to have chosen this journey, knowing that such small opportunities for kindness and gratitude make such a big difference and appear every day in each of our lives.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Gratitude and Abundance

What do you think of when someone says "abundance"? Many of us think of all of the THINGS we have. Some of us think of those around us that love and support us. Some of us restrict our abundance to the amount of money we can tap into.

In order to receive more I believe you must be grateful for and celebrate all that you have. Here are some ideas to generate a wider interpretation of abundance.

Being treated (to lunch,coffee, a movie)
Great friends
Support from others
Free professional advice
Smiles from others
A stress free drive to/from work, etc.
Free upgrades (airlines,loyalty programs, etc)
Testimonials
Business referrals
Value added products and services

Please add your own ideas!