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Gratitude, the magic elixir

Robyn Openshaw - Dec 25, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Kristin’s on vacation all week, and I’m on vacation all next week. She left me the Perfect Suitcase as a Christmas gift. I’d been telling her I had a great one for weekends, and a giant one for 7-14 day trips. But I didn’t have one for 4-6 day trips, which most of mine are. With it was a card, detailing how she feels about our friendship. It starts out, “I’ve discovered that Gratitude is the magic elixir.”


So Thursday, I was chained to my desk because I have a lot to do and have been mostly saying NO to friends wanting to do fun things.

And I was overcome with thankfulness. It just overtook me, for no good reason!

I pushed back from my desk and said all of this out loud:

“I love my life! I love all these rows and stacks of books in my office, they’re everywhere!—because I can’t wait to read them all, even if it takes my whole life–I will never run out! I love my food, that I can eat whatever I want….while I read books if I want to.

“I am thankful for this Pumpkin Spice candle Shari gave me because it smells good. I love Baby Jesus. I love salsa. I love Enrico’s Organic Salsa that I just found at Good Earth; I want to drink it.

“I love that my kids are gone right now and I can get something done. I love Synergy Kombucha, the Multi-Green kind. I love that my job is whatever I decide it is, every day when I get up. I love that I don’t have to sell hamburgers on roller skates for a living. I love hot baths, and my heated mattress pad, and my hot sauna. And I love skiing at Sundance. I love my spiky black high-heeled boots. I love Costco.

“I love writing. I love that sometimes people read stuff I write, and write me back. I am thankful that I don’t have cancer. I love my to-do lists; I would not know what to do without them. I am thankful for grass, and that I can’t see it in the winter, which makes me appreciate it later. I love the garbage man because he makes it so we don’t get piled in garbage.”

I know this little rant was a little too food-focused, but I think it’s okay to be thankful for food. Don’t you think it’s cool that you or I could have gone on FOREVER, because there are SO many things to be thankful for?

I know Thanksgiving is past, and it’s CHRISTMAS now, but that’s what I’m feeling. Merry Christmas!!

Posted in: Mind/Body Connection

4 thoughts on “Gratitude, the magic elixir”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Merry Christmas to you too Robyn! Wishing you a happy & healthy New Year with lots of new information coming from you. Thank you for changing my health & opening my eyes to whole foods & healthy living. Thank you for doing all the research to make my life better as you find new things that we should be looking at. Thank you for doing the recent research on saunas because my husband & I were wanting one & didn’t know which company to buy from, but we do now. Thank you for being so concerned about people and their health. A big thank you for being the most amazing person inside and out that I have met & admire the most. You make me want to aspire to be better & better. I can go on & on but I will stop here.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Robyn! Thanks so much for all that you offer to the world!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Robyn! I was thinking today what an amazing year this has been and how thankful I am! Thankful my brother overcame prescription drug and alcohol addictions this year. Thankful my son got a full scholarship to college this year. Thankful that I (and my whole family) are in our 2nd year of green smoothies at least once a day. Thankful that I lost 15 lbs. since this summer and am keeping it off, and I started to exercise 4-5 times a week for the first time in my life (at age 45). Thankful that my food allergies to gluten and dairy have been healed this year! And thankful for your info about raw honey, so that I can get healed of my seasonal allergies too! It has been an amazing year! God bless you and your family in 2012!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Merry Christmas Robyn! I too feel very grateful for finding you on GSG. I really look forward to learning more throughout the years from you and meeting you in person. 🙂

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