Along with Mindfulness, another important step is Thankfulness, or Gratitude.

Being more than just aware of where we are and how we got there or where we’re going — when we take time to focus on who has helped us along the way and pay thanks to those people, we are actually enhancing our own sense of joy in our lives.

Take a moment to view this short video about the subject:

My sister shared that video with me, and I am more grateful for her in my life every single day than I was the day before. I consider myself lucky to have such a close family member who is also my friend. In fact, the tattoo that I got in celebration of her expresses exactly that: “Sisters by chance. Friends by choice.”

There are many people who have come into our lives at various times whether it be for a long time or a good time. As the saying goes: People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

I’d like to share a reading with you that addresses this specifically:

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON…It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON…Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. ~Author Unknown

The piece I mostly want to touch on today is gratitude — when people are in our lives, we never know for sure how long they are going to be there. Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, a perfect excuse to let those you care for know how much you appreciate them. But there is no reason not to take that time and reach out and show your gratitude at other points during the year. You never know just how much that person in your life might need to hear the words.

To all of you, I thank you for finding my small corner of the internet and taking the time to read this post. I wish you well in your journey to Mindfulness.


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