Monday Moment: #Blessed

E Gilbert Blessings quote w logo

This piece of inspiration is one that I’ve come back to more than a few times. It’s a wonderful reminder of how many good things are ours for the taking, right at our fingertips, but not without the effort required to fully bring them into our lives. Sometimes, luck seems to be on our side, but often that’s because work has positioned us well for it. Be grateful, but also be accountable, be intentional, and of course, be present.

Grateful, and…


This week, as we officially begin the whirlwind season of packed schedules, parties, and overindulgence, we start with an opportunity to pause. We have a day when we are asked to shift our perspective to one of gratitude. This can be an interesting proposition when you’re in a time and space that is marked by ambition, and seeking to attain new possibilities and opportunities for yourself on the daily.

For some reflection on this intersection of gratitude of ambition, I’m sharing some thoughts you may have heard from me before, but (I hope!) bear repeating…may you find more to be grateful for this week than not, and may your gratitude only serve to magnify your dreams.


Chances are, when you were a kid, someone raised you right and taught you to say “thank you” when someone did something nice for you. If you forgot, you got a little (or not so little) nudge from the grown-up side to do so. As adults, most of us are pretty good at remembering to say “thanks” when it’s appropriate, and may occasionally even do it without realizing it, or perhaps without even really meaning it. We say thanks almost reflexively when someone holds a door or passes the salt or picks up something we’ve dropped. We’re especially good at expressing gratitude for things we weren’t expecting. A kind gesture or comment that catches us by surprise, a piece of great news or a gift we didn’t see coming usually elicit a deeper gratitude – a combination of feeling special and also feeling momentarily more connected to the person responsible. Of course, there are also moments of gratitude that take our breath away.  Read More

Monday Moment: #Blessed

E Gilbert Blessings quote w tag

I love this quote, especially coming from a woman who knows a thing or two about chasing dreams, even during moments of (famously documented) aimless wandering. As an approach to living, mindfulness sits at the crossroads of effort and acceptance, which can be a challenging balance to understand. How do we go after our goals in a manner that is both focused and flexible? There’s no question that you have to be engaged in creating your own fulfillment, but when does focused determination become tunnel vision?

A question for another day — it this case, Wednesday. Until then, have a fulfilling week!

Photo credit: Jeffrey Wegrzyn