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#FeelingGrateful by Jackie Capers-Brown

Gratitude in our heart is a reflection of our appreciation for our life. For me, this includes being grateful for the good and the not-so good. I have come to realize that I’ve learned just as much, if not more, about life, who I am and the strength of my spirit from difficulties as I have from my successes.

Gratitude sustains my faith in God's faithfulness and my belief that each of us have so much more potential to be realized.

As I celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I am grateful for following the call in my soul to start this blog five years ago. It has truly expanded my way of thinking and being beyond what I could have imagined. As I make plans to move my blog from Blogger to the Rainmaker Platform, I'm excited about how this new platform will enable me to expand my intention of helping people champion themselves and become the hero of their story.

Tiffany Shlain stated, “When we are in the womb-the umbilical cord keeps us connected to something larger than ourselves. When that cord is cut at our birth, we spend the rest of our lives seeking to be connected to something larger than ourselves.”

In addition to our faith, I believe gratitude connects us to our Divine Source, who is much greater than ourselves. When we establish a practice of gratitude in our daily life we tap into an energy that empowers us to expand our lives beyond all that we can imagine and think.

Gratitude sparks the light within us so that as we go forth in the world, our lives illuminate what’s possible. It enables us to center ourselves by being present with all that is going well in our lives. The practice of gratitude in our lives focuses our attention on what really matters in our lives. It diminishes the mind chatter we experience that says, “There’s never enough” and “I’m not enough”.

Gratitude ushers us into a state of contentment that provides us with peace of mind and clarity. A heart full of gratitude quickly acknowledges, “All is well in my soul.” This doesn’t mean that we aren’t diligent towards manifesting new possibilities. It means that we are appreciative of how much we’ve overcome and how far we’ve come. Instead of rushing past the present for the future, the practice of gratitude keeps us grounded in the now which is where all the power is to redefine possible in our lives.

Today is the Thanksgiving Holiday in the USA. I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving Day and I pray that today and every day you and your family will continue to be blessed beyond measure with love, happiness and success.

A few reasons why Jackie Capers-Brown is #FeelingGrateful

1.     I’ll never stop being grateful for my parents. As the vessels used by God to create my DNA, I continue to be in awe of the foundation of faith and fortitude they were able to cultivate in my young soul before they died. By the age of 20, my parents, Willie Mae Capers and William Mills had died. Yet, their spirit remains strong within me. To this day, one of my heart’s desire is to honor the legacy of their lives with what I accomplish in my life.

2.   My favorite way to say thank you is by utilizing my gifts and talents to make a difference in a person’s life. When I’m in my zone of service to others I am my best self. It brings me much pleasure and satisfaction to know that I have contributed in some way to another person’s ability to see and hold themselves in a higher light and to take actions that lead them to living a better life.

3.   The best thank you I’ve received has been from my daughter, Derytah’s ability to live her life based on her terms. There is nothing more rewarding to my heart than to be alive and have the opportunity to witness her growth and transformation. I consider myself fortunate and blessed to have a daughter who owns her story, voice and power. She makes her Mom proud.

4.   When I was a kid, I didn’t realize how grateful I should have been for my childhood and adolescent friendships. I regret that I didn’t see the importance of maintaining the strong bonds of friendships I had when I was younger. Today, I am mindful of how important it is to my well-being to nurture quality friendships. I am forever grateful for the few friends who have been with me for an extended time and I look forward to making new friends and cultivating those relationships.

5.    (Bonus) The attitude of gratitude creates a space of abundance in my heart. If fuels me with the belief that the Universe is continuously expanding so I should be seeking opportunities to expand my life in ways that contribute to the well-being of others.

Thank you for traveling this journey with me. The success of this series would not have been possible had it not been for readers like you. There are a few days left before the series ends however from the comments and emails that I’ve received, I believe the #FeelingGrateful series have awakened many of you to the power of gratitude and the benefits that come with a daily practice of gratitude.

Grateful Heart

Author Bio: Jackie Capers Brown is the CEO of Positive Change Coaching Solutions. She is an author, motivational speaker and Mentor to Game Changers. Feeling stuck? Move forward empowered by the My DRIVE Advantage™ Strategy. Start to manifest new possibilities in your life. Wake up feeling good about yourself and life. Read Jackie’s latest book, Get Unstuck Now: Changing Your Story, Unleashes Your Power to Move On and Be Happy.  Follow Jackie on Twitter.

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