When my dad passed away, I started to look at life in a new light.  He had been very sick for a long time and towards the end of his life, he was unable to see, hear and walk.  I became acutely appreciative of my sight, my hearing (hey, I’m not profoundly deaf, so there is some hearing to be thankful for!), and most of all, my working limbs.  As I grow older, I’ve added things to that list—more attributes that are uniquely mine or things I’m proud of—accomplishments, things I’ve done for others, etc.

I’ve realized that it’s just as important for us to express gratitude for ourselves. We can do this by honoring our bodies and minds.  When you take the time to acknowledge yourself and all that you offer, you are practicing self-care, an extremely important element of well-being. gratitude self care wellbeing

Most of us live in a world that is constantly moving.  We are attached to our televisions, our phones, our iPads, our jobs, and all kinds of things that distract us.  Try taking a minute to close your eyes, breathe, and just be.  Give thanks for all that you have been, all that you are, and all that you can be.