The arrival of November always fills my heart and mind with gratitude. From crisp days and cozy evenings to the anticipation of the Thanksgiving celebration, the month invites an awareness of and appreciation for what we have and all that lies ahead.
As I reflect on gratitude in my own life, I see clearly the faces of the men and women who have invested in me. The mentors who have spoken encouragement and offered sage advice when it was needed most. The friends with whom I have shared amazing adventures. The family who has loved me unconditionally through the bumps and turns of my path.
While I can't claim to live in a perpetual state of gratitude, I am constantly aware of - and thankful for - these relationships and the grace of God that, together, have shaped a happy life. And as another year draws to a close, I am committed to embracing - and expressing - gratitude.
Rather than get caught up in the air-kiss parade of holiday parties, I am reserving space on my calendar to spend time with those who have nourished my soul. I am making time for a long lunch with a girlfriend; a weekend yoga class with a favorite teacher; a night on the town with my sposo; a week with my daughter in my childhood home.
Who are the gardeners who have helped your soul blossom? How can you share your gratitude with them?