For many years I've admired Oprah Winfrey's optimistic, life-affirming, and spiritual messages brought straight to my living room through her television show The Oprah Winfrey Show; and years ago when she encouraged viewers to start their own Gratitude Journals, I did just that. It never ceases to amaze me how the simple act of just thinking about or writing down what I am grateful for begins to flood my heart with feelings of love, warmth, and light...it is in those moments that I realize how much joy I can feel.
No matter how dark the place is that I have been allowing myself to wallow in, it is in my moments of concentration on gratitude that I am completely lifted...not only out of the dark place, but above and beyond to a higher space of peace and love than I would normally feel even on my best days. So if just thinking about my gratitude or writing it down privately can evoke such magnificent energy in the Universe, imagine how much greater is the power of expressing that gratitude to the people who deserve to hear it?
Recently I noticed on Twitter that OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network had been publishing a great deal of tweets that were trending #ThankYouGame. I wanted to know more so I followed the prompts to OWN's Facebook page here. Ms. Winfrey is planning to spread gratitude across the globe! At Ladies Holiday, we loved this idea so much that we decided to dedicate the rest of this week to Gratitude. Deirdre kicked off yesterday with her beautiful post here, today I will share my Thank Yous. If you'd like to participate visit The Thank You Game Facebook page, or hop on Twitter and tweet what you're thankful for with #ThankYouGame as part of your Tweet. By the way...Thank you Oprah Winfrey for spreading the love and light of gratitude, you continue to use your life in a way that brings goodness to humankind, we love you for that!
Thank you, to my Fella and to his sister and her family,
you held me up on that long, dark night and for so long after.
Your sacrifices were great, and are still felt today, but
in spite of what you stood the chance to lose you chose to
lend your hands, hearts, homes... and to stand like pillars holding the
crumbling tower that I was
so that I could remain who I was
for myself and for my children.
I sometimes wonder why you did it...and then I know.
You loved us and you loved what was good and right.
You held my hand that night, and through your actions-- on a day when
my strength was failing-- you gave no thought to your own sacrifices,
but said "This is not right. This cannot BE any longer" and you stopped it.
You lifted me higher.
My heart is so full of love, hope, joy, and finally peace because of you.
Thank you from the deepest truest part of me. I love you. Thank you.