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The Perspective of Gratitude

At this time of Thanksgiving (although it is not an Australian holiday yet) it is good to reflect on the premise of giving thanks for all that we have. It is not only good karma, it is truly powerful way of increasing our energetic vibration and increasing our joy.

The history of setting aside time to give thanks for one's blessings, along with holding feasts to celebrate a harvest, are both practices that long predate the European settlement of North America. There is a lot of evidence that shows giving gratitude improves our mood and can actually put a smile on our face.

In the Western world we do not spend enough time really feeling into all that we are grateful for. We are often too caught up on focusing on what we are striving for or how to get what we do not have. At this time of Thanksgiving and in the lead up to Christmas it is opportune to reflect on what is important and what the holiday season means to us. Is it a time where we are focused on giving and receiving the best presents? A time where we are spending money that could be better used elsewhere? Fighting the crowds at shopping centers for stuff that we will be decluttering from our lives by February. Or will we take this as an opportunity to creating the best experience we can and really value the time we spend with our nearest and dearest over the summer break.

This year I am grateful for the opportunity to take a road trip with my husband down to Victoria where we can spend a LOT of quality time together. 1,900km of quality time, are we there yet, can we stop for a coffee, I need to go pee pee 5 minutes into the trip (we do not have children…..this is my husband!) One of the best things I have learned from my husband is to appreciate the journey, take it one step at a time and soak in the scenery. We love a road trip and we love exploring new places. How blessed are we to be able to hit the road on this wide brown land, in our air conditioned SUV, with unlimited audio books, great conversations and create an adventure. When you are focused on the gratitude it is impossible to be resentful of the hot straight roads. It is the simple act of shifting your perspective and focusing on gratitude that will turn any experience from a chore to an amazing adventure.

March road trip to Coffs Harbour

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