Good Morning Sunday….. I have to admit this Cultivating Gratitude exercise has been a surprising challenge for me. In my mind I thought writing and researching this 21 day project would be a piece of cake. Life is funny how it turns ideas into lesson. It’s difficult to delve deep into the inner recesses of the heart, take stalk of life, practice what one preaches and do the hard work of expanding. I naively thought this would be effortless. Good grief, what was I thinking?

Now that I’ve committed to 21 days of searching and growing and more importantly asking YOU to do the same, I’m finding nothing is as easy in reality as it is in theory.

For today, lets review what we are grateful for ~ Do one kind thing for another person in the next 24 hours: and last but not least ~ be grateful for the gift of experiencing another sunrise.

“Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.” – Proverb

“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.” — David Steindl-Rast

“Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” — Eileen Caddy

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” — Jacques Maritain

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” — Lionel Hampton

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley

If you have any thoughts over the last few days, please share as I love to hear your experiences…. Shauna

About Italian Living

I'm an interior decorator from Canada. I own a design firm. I have three grown daughters who are confidant women living busy lives. I love my family my friends and my life, however, something is missing. December 3rd, my eyes open at 3:33 a.m. It's time to fulfill my lifelong dream of living in Italy..... I rent my house, pack my bags, say a final farewell to all the people I love most in this world and hop on a plane January 13th.... alone. This is my story...
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