I love this time of year! The leaves are beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. During my early morning run, the air is crisp and the smell of fire-place is in the air. I bundle up in my favorite turquoise knit hat (which conveniently hides my early morning hair-do), and my soft, eggplant-colored, fleece jacket. It is a time when we are purposely and thoughtfully grateful about our lives: our family, our health, our kids, food…. This is also a time, when we forget that being grateful should be a daily feeling. We spend more time in our days worrying about deadlines and/or bills, feeling unhappy about our weight, our surroundings, our job… Or, even worse; we keep ourselves so busy and disconnected that we don’t feel anything. We stop paying attention to what is really important in life. When this happens we find ourselves in a state of dis-satisfaction and dis-ease. We find that our health is deteriorating and we feel helpless to this. In fact, many of us blame this on age. So, let me challenge you to stay in gratitude. Re-connect with yourself. For the next 24 hours, find as many things as you can to be grateful for. It can be something simple or something grand. Right now, I am grateful for the early morning run that I just finished and that I have the time to sit down and just write. I feel great, energized and peaceful at the same time. I am grateful that I have plenty of fresh vegetables to prepare with my free-range chicken eggs (which I get right out of my own chicken coop). I am grateful for the warm fire that is burning next to me in the wood-stove and that my husband is quietly eating breakfast so that I may write. Life is good. God is good. Find your gratitude today. Make a list and by the end of the day, see how much you really have.