Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gratitude: A Circle of Joy

If you've followed my blog you know I usually write about nutrition and transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. I do this for a few reasons. One of the most important reasons is the gratitude I feel about getting my life back from Lupus thru nutrition. A nurse friend of mine clued me into the power of nutrition and supplements. Helping others like I was helped is my way to pay it forward. Gratitude is a circle of joy.

As you can tell, today I'm not writing about nutrition. As a holistic nutritionist I try to look at the whole of life and that which supports wellness. How you interact with other people and what you think and tell yourself, as well as, the ability to see and treasure the good in the bad are all important in the foundation of your happiness and wellness.

                                       It all starts with gratitude.

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

So I was overjoyed recently when my friend, Sue Ingebretson  told me about The Gratitude Book ProjectA book The Gratitude Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude (the national proceeds of which will go to four charities) comprised of an inspirational reading about gratitude for every day of the year. The co-authors of this book answered the question "What are you Grateful for?" in 200 words or less. I thought it was the coolest project ever! 

I contacted the editor Donna Kozik and jumped into the project with both feet. Let me tell you putting my feelings about gratitude in only 200 words was tough! My first draft was 1500 words. I sat at my desk straining my brain for how to condense it down to 200.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer

I guess you could say Donna and Sue lit a flame within me. I'm grateful to Sue for letting me know about the project and to Donna for the opportunity. You know when you have to reach deep inside for the words to explain how you feel it's an amazing uplifting process. It wasn't easy but it was awesome!

The stories and lessons of gratitude in this book will indeed light the flame within you too. One of the coolest things about this book is the circle of joy it will ennervate. It blesses those of us who are co-authors in the project to share with you our reasons and thoughts about gratitude; blesses those who read it and feel more gratitude in their lives and lastly it will bless the four charities (ASPCA, Make-A-Wish Foundation, FeedAmerica and Women for Women) to which national sales proceeds go to. And it doesn't end there! The blessings will be paid forward to everyone all these people and organizations come in contact with.  So you see how gratitude is a circle of joy. Isn't that cool?

I believe many, many lives will be changed by this book and am so very proud to be a co-author.  In an effort to achieve Amazon Bestseller status and increase the National proceeds to the four charities we ask you to purchase this book on Wednesday, December 15th. It can be purchased here: God bless you !


  1. This is wonderful, and I am proud to know you! xo molly

  2. Glad for you, and all of you. And I'm thankful for not only the content of what you share with others, but also - and especially - the positive and supportive manner in which you interact with people.