48. 2013 Thanksgiving Edition

I am grateful for the holidays, a time when we can forgive family, and friends come together and set aside our petty differences. The school semester is winding down and I only need to work hard for a couple more weeks. I had a great year and I am looking forward to next year.  We are making plans for Christmas and New Years and there is plenty of celebration yet to come!!

– Aiden

Thank you to all our readers, I am grateful that you make this site possible. I am thankful for family, friends, and acquaintances that fill my life with happiness and joy. I am happy for the struggles that I have faced over the last year, and have over come. I am grateful for my brothers Chris and Aiden. The last 12 months have been an amazing journey for my spiritual path. Last but not least, I am thankful for smiles.

– Dorian

 

Yesterday I had my second “Orphan Family Thanksgiving” at my house.  The whole day was filled with love and life, good smells, great tastes and incredible memories.  After the 40 days of Grateful living there are a few that I know come up every few days.  Friends, I have the greatest group of friends around me that only come from doing my part to be a friend.  Family, My family tree has so many pieces that make up this life I have.  I am grateful for all of them.  Life, I know in this moment I am blessed to be having this experience, It is my role to live with this knowledge and spread my divine spark with the world.  Thanks for being a part of my journey.

-Chris

Day 40 – Thursday Nov. 28, 2013

I am Thankful!!!  

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Today I celebrate gratitude.  Gratitude acknowledges the good in our lives, and reminds us how blessed we are.  Gratitude recognizes that this life is abundant and the source of all good is here and now.  Gratitude helps us enjoy and appreciate what we have, and creates a positive, magnetic energy that attracts even more good into our lives.

With a deeper spirit of gratitude, I pause to recognize and appreciate all that is good in my life.  I give thanks for my country, faith, loved ones, myself and most of all, for the universal power that creates all that is good.  With a new sense of appreciation, I realize how truly blessed I am by that which is Grace.  Thank you Life, for peace, abundance and love!!!

Daily Gratitude list
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Day 39 – Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013

I am Thankful for Healing!

I dedicate this day as a healing day.  I am open and willing to be healed in any and all aspects of my life.  I am open to be healed physically: every cell and organ in my body.  I am open to be healed emotionally: to restore my heart.  I am open to be healed mentally: to transform all destructive, negative or unforgiving thoughts to ones of peace, positivity, love and forgiveness.

Today I am healed in ways that I can’t imagine.  Thank you life for the healing of this day!!!

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Day 38 – Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013

I am Thankful for Beauty

Beauty is before me.  beauty is behind me.  Beauty is above me.  Beauty is below me.  I walk in Beauty.  -Apache Prayer

Today I look for the beauty that is all around me, and I give thanks.  When I am willing to see beauty, I can see it anywhere.  There is beauty in nature, architecture, technology, and in the faces of everyone I see.

Thank you life for the beauty of today!!!

Daily Gratitude list
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Day 37 – Monday Nov. 25, 2013

Reflecting on Gratitude

As I reflect on the past 37 days, I am grateful to have CYLF and the 40 day gratitude challenge. Over the last month we have had to keep our mind and heart on things we are grateful for, and my life is better for it.

I wrote the rough draft of this post on a piece of paper that had “love lives here” in the upper left hand corner. No matter the circumstances of my life and the things going on around me, I hope and strive to always have love living in my heart.

Daily Gratitude list
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Day 36 – Sunday Nov. 24, 2013

The Gratitude Grind

Today was a day of going nonstop and being very busy. As I reflect on my day it was full of really great things. I was able to be of service to my family, I was able to help a friend do some shopping, I had a great conversation with another friend, I got some stuff done at work, and I ended my day with 15 other people that are near and dear to my heart. When I get home, and I am exhausted it is easy for me to not be thankful for such a full day, but as I write this my heart and soul are shouting “THANK YOU LIFE!”

Daily Gratitude list
1. I am grateful for _______________
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Day 35 – Saturday Nov. 23, 2013

Sweaty Gratitude!

Last night I had the chance to participate in a sweat lodge. It was not my first time, but it ended up being a good reminder of how important it is for me to be pushed and challenged. When something comes to me easy I usually do not appreciate it. Last night I was able to receive some knowledge, and prayers through a ceremony that was physically tough.

I woke up this morning and was grateful for the peace and calm that I felt through out the day. What things in your life have you had to work for, and today you are thankful for the challenge? Are you struggling today with something that you might be able to see the importance of going through tough times?

DO WORK!

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Day 34 – Friday Nov. 22, 2013

Gratitude for Education (Thank You to Chelsea for being a guest contributor here at CYLF)

Today I am grateful for education. For all the public schools that continue to educate our children regardless of their money situation. I am grateful for the education opportunities that are given so freely to Americans.

I work at an elementary school and have the privilege of teaching special needs children. I have also had the privilege of attending college for several years. I find both of these things an honor and a bright spot in my life.

Are there any teachers you are especially grateful for? Can you remember any schools that helped you become you?

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Day 33 – Thursday Nov. 21, 2013

Furry Gratitude

The last couple of days I have had some really good conversations about people’s pets. Today I am very thankful to have my dog in my life. He brings a lot of joy and happiness into my life. I try to harness those good feelings and carry them into my day. My pup has also taught me a thing or two about unconditional love.

Do you have pets in your life that you are grateful for? Did you have any pets in your past that were important to you?

Daily Gratitude list
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Day 32 – Wednesday Nov. 20, 2013

Gratitude at Work.

The last couple of days I have caught myself not being very rewarded by the work that I do for a living. I was talking to someone about work in general, and it dawned on me that I am very thankful for the jobs I have, and the flexibility in them. I also remembered that every action I take is a form of “work” in one way or another, even if I am working at avoiding work.

Today I am happy and joyous for my duties as an employee, a son, a friend, a writer, and a human being. I hope you can find some ways that life has opened the possibility of gratitude working in your life.

Daily Gratitude list
1. I am grateful for _______________
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