A rough start to my week triggered a Nutella binge but thanks to my daughter who intuitively knew her momma needed the big jar when the text came in to pick some up, friends/co-workers who know me well enough to let me lose my $#!+, but then let me vent & process in my own time, family who help see me through financial troubles, discussions reminding me that sugar depletes my magnesium levels and contributes to body inflammation (pain!), and a yoga practice to help me change my perspective, my heart is once again filled with gratitude. I'm thankful for people in my life...old and new, near and far...who help me stay focused and encouraged as I step out in this new chapter in life. I'm thankful for my struggles (real and perceived) as they provide room for personal growth and a more compassionate way of being. I'm thankful for nature because well...isn't today the perfect autumn day?! Just take a look around! I'm thankful for yoga all it sees me through and to, the greatest impact being to teach me to sit still and listen.I've always been "spiritual"... I've always had a strong faith in God. What I lacked was the ability (errr....willingness) to surrender completely and to truly hear that still small voice. That voice of truth. I thought I had it all figured out, and when I realized I didn't, fear and anxiety set, beating me down to the point I had no other option to ask for total brokenness...to be put back together in accordance to Divine Will. That's when I learned what's expected of me. To change my stories and use them to help encourage and inspire others. Now, I really don't like putting myself out there, making myself vulnerable and susceptible to judgment and ridicule, so I'm also thankful for the openness and courage that Spirit also fills me with. My Thanksgiving Thoughts, right there. What are yours??