For it is in giving that we receive. ~St. Francis of Assisi

Okay, I am starting a gratitude journal. I mean it this time.
I will write at least three things I am grateful for everyday.

The following week…I will write at least one thing I am grateful for each week.

…six months later,  maybe I am just an ungrateful person.

Maybe this is why good things don’t happen to me, because I cannot find one thing daily to give thanks for.

January, 2014

It was time to turn that challenged thinking around.

After a great deal of study into the energy of actions and attractions, a strange thought would flit on the outskirts of my mind. One day, I let it have free rein and it bloomed into life.

There is a flow to life. An energy that pulses. Ebb and flow. Ebb and flow.

That was the missing link.

My gratitude journal, while meant with the best of intentions, quickly receded into a chore.

Once something becomes obligatory, it then becomes resented.

I AM a grateful person. I AM. But forcing myself to focus on this made me resentful.Giving Flowers 2

This year, when I once again began my gratitude journal, it was greeted with a shift in perspective. It was greeted with excitement because this time it wasn’t going to be only about me.

This time, I was going to observe the ebb and flow of energy. The natural balance of things.

The energy of gratitude AND giving.

These were my catch words for the new year. Gratitude and Giving. Two sides of the same coin.

Life is about Give and Take. That is the natural order of things.

My journal this time around, included not only things I am grateful for but how I was able to give as well.

Gratitude and Giving.  

When I am grateful, I am happy

When I am giving, I am happier.

Give and Take. Take and Give.

When my journal shows I have not been too big in the giving area, I actively seek to change that.

Ebb and Flow

It has been seven months since I started this new journal. This new way of thinking. This new way of be-ing.

It is not daily but it is consistent.

I believe I am on to something….and for that,

I AM grateful.

A little about M’chele 

m'cheleM’chele Johnson is witty, warm, and wise spirit with great sense of humor.  This is her debut here at MITV, so please give M’chele a warm welcome.

She lives in California, with her boys and hubby where the sun is always on the menu!