30 Days of Author Gratitude: Gratitude

Nov 26, 2015 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
So I figured today, of all days, I should state how grateful I am to be full of gratitude. I make mistakes in life...some that I would take back if I could...some that I have come to terms with...some that ended up leading to even better things. But through this entire journey...through the transition from teacher life to author life...from this path of discovering more of what makes me...well, ME...I have been grateful.

Bing Crosby in White Christmas (one of my favorite holiday movies, because of course it has Danny Kaye) told us that when we're worried and we can't sleep...we should count our blessings instead of sheep.

I used to get myself to fall asleep by thinking up alphabetic lists. Books that start with A, B, C, etc. Authors that start with A, B, C, etc. Movies that start...I think you get the point. Last Christmas when I watched Bing and Danny, this song really hit home with me and I started to list the things I am grateful for while I was falling asleep. Not surprising, my sleep has been more peaceful and I wake up feeling very grateful.

I also list my blessings on the way to work (when I am not talking to myself about plot points and such). I find it helps me deal with the less than considerate drivers and I get to work feeling peaceful and very very blessed...because despite everything that has happened...I am extremely blessed and even more grateful.

So on Thanksgiving, with the stuffing of faces and the gathering of loved ones (real or fictional, human or animal) I, once again, express my complete and total gratitude for this amazing life I am living and the people and things that are in this life.