The Gratitude Seesaw

Any time is the perfect time for being thankful, and right now, as we start a new year, it is absolutely perfect to take an inventory, so to speak, of your life and to be thankful for everything that you have, all that you have experienced, the person that you have become. I want to tell you about something that I have just implemented in my life during this Thanksgiving. I call it the gratitude seesaw, and here is how it works: you start thanking someone for all the good and the “bad” experiences that you have had with them and then they return the favor by thanking you. You thank the person for one thing and then that person thanks you for one thing and you go back and forth again, hence the seesaw. This is such a beautiful experience and as you participate in it, you will realize that your emotions and feelings of gratitude become stronger as you start thinking of the memories that you have shared in the past year with the person. This can be also be done with someone that you are ending a relationship with. Sometimes relationships end, and endings are merely there so that new beginnings can come your way. However, these endings don’t have to be a bad thing, and they truly are not “bad.” Every relationship has served the purpose at the time that you were in it, for both yourself and the other person involved. Therefore, I know that you can find things that you have enjoyed about this person and that you can be thankful for. Not only that, the things that you have considered as bad experiences within the relationship may not really be that way. All you need is a change of perspective to realize that those moments were necessary for your own growth and to make you the person you are now. What if you thanked the person for giving you that opportunity to grow and to heal? That, in itself, is such a powerful experience. It is such a great way to make a relationship stronger with someone that is currently in your life, but it also allows a relationship that is ending or shifting to heal. Please note that you can have this experience with someone even if they are no longer in your life ~ if someone has passed away or is no longer physically in your life, you can intend to send them these messages of gratitude for all that you have shared, both the good and bad, and allow their spirit to receive it. You can then heal and...

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