This article was first published in the Otis Observer.
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The shortening of daylight hours is gently signaling that the end of the year is approaching. A certain kind of energy is lingering in the atmosphere, and the palpable sensation evokes sentimental feelings. I find myself wandering in some forgotten corridors of my mind, where stories, faces, memories are all tangled together in a disorderly manner. This nostalgic attitude is a call for trouble; I have known this about myself ever since I moved to a new continent, far away from my family. I now pay close attention to the first indication of this peculiar feeling.

Miserable Times

The holiday season used to be so difficult. Deep sadness mixed with a sudden eruption of hysterical behavior was evident, and I was utterly miserable when December arrived. This repeating story usually peaked when I received the Christmas package from my family in the mail. I depleted myself so much by then that I had very little steam left to celebrate, or god forbid, enjoy the holiday season here in America. As soon as I decided that this pattern had to stop somehow, the solution came knocking and interrupted the rather unhappy internal peanut gallery.

Learning Something New

Gratitude, a.k.a. “hála” in Hungarian, was just another word in the dictionary. Although I’ve always considered myself a kind and thankful person, my understanding of gratitude was shallow. I only realized this when I embarked on the journey of dream building. Then I had the opportunity to look deeper into the concept.

Gratitude is one of the cornerstones of a balanced life, and it has the same vibration as abundance. What does that mean, and why is it important? When in gratitude, the gates to the wonders of the universe are open. Miracles, synchronicities, a sense of flow, ease, and effortlessness are to be expected—all of it. When in fear, lack, or limitation, there is a missing element to the equation. We are not in alignment with the true nature of the universe and who we are. Instead, we create a life abundant in fear, sadness, and limitations until we recognize that we can choose gratitude and, with that, comes a different kind of abundance.
We can begin with a deep breath in and out and the willingness to name one thing we are grateful for right now. Then we allow our attitude to change. Eventually, we will feel gratitude, which creates a mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual shift. A daily gratitude journal can also be a helpful tool to recognize and record the good in our lives, one by one.

Gratitude by Melody

“Gratitude,” as Melody Beattie wrote it so purely and eloquently, “unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Message from the Heart

I still miss my mom, dad, sister, nephew, brother-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other members of my Hungarian family. I miss my friends and those who are dear to me. But dwelling on the past and what I lack will not help. So I choose to be in a place of gratitude and loving abundance, and I dedicate this article to every one of my loved ones and sacred friends.

May you be truly happy.
May you live in peace.
May you live in love and light.
May you know the power of gratitude.
May you know that your life has deep meaning and a good purpose.

So does YOURS.
Happy Holidays.

Q: What would you like to change or shift as you feel more gratitude in your heart?
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