Gratitude at the Farmer’s Market

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. Henry Ward Beecher, Clergyman, social reformer.

Yesterday I visited the Farmer’s Market and it reminded me of the many things for which I’m thankful. I had the chance to pet a brand new kitten…what’s more precious than the innocence of animals? There were flowers, lots of flowers and pots of herbs. Colorful, fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy eating. I enjoyed a cup of really good coffee. There was live music. I met fellow writers and a friend at the author’s booth selling books. 

There were French pastries, beautiful breads, stuffed grape leaves, cheese. Booths selling handmade jewelry and photography. I met a family from Connecticut who were visiting. I’m thankful for meeting new people and the tourists who help support our island. The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing. Upon returning home, my sweet husband helped me carry my treasurers up the stairs. Today, as I write this, I’m thankful for you, my followers and viewers. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Affirmation: I have many, many blessings. 

Coaching request: Take a moment to list some of the things for which you’re grateful. Say thanks to those who mean the most to you. Live a life filled with gratitude. 


At a Snail’s Pace

Snails do not despair for having short legs, but rejoice for being able to travel long distances in spite of them. Matshona Dhliwayo, Canadian philosopher, entrepreneur, author

Do you despair having short legs like the snail or extra pounds or thick ankles? Women in particular seem to see what needs to be “fixed” rather than what is terrific. Although I still lament those extra pounds that have plagued me most of my adult life, as I’ve aged I’ve become more and more thankful for a healthy body, no matter the flaws.

Frequently we can become so identified with the losses, heartaches and all that we despair, we lose sight of the those things for which we can rejoice. It might take the snail a week of non-stop travel to move a half mile down the road but he’s still moving forward. Be like the snail.

Affirmation: I rejoice in my healthy body and the ability to move forward.

Coaching question/request: What snail-like step can you take today to move away from despair? Think about the one thing you like the least about your body and affirm it anyway.