To Be Grateful

Be Well Be Happy

To be grateful is a gift we give ourselves each day when we open our eyes and acknowledge this moment is precious. There are days that are dark and dreary for many people and I send you my heartfelt prayers. It can be difficult to find a grateful heart when you are suffering, but know that you are not alone. Unfortunately, suffering is part of life and the more we accept and become present with what is going on, we begin to become the witness and don’t feel so lost.

Here is my grateful list that goes on and on but every day I wake up grateful for this life and all the lessons that come with it.

I am grateful for my Mom and Dad who raised seven children to be responsible and compassionate beings. They gave us our faith and truly were role models for me and my brothers and sisters. I am grateful for my brothers and sisters. They will always be the people I go to when I need support and advice. We will never hold any grudges against one another but rather forgive and let go. We were taught this powerful lesson from a young age by our loving parents.

I am so grateful for my husband and children. I was blessed to raise my children as a stay-at-home mom and spent many hours at playgrounds, sporting events, school functions, parties, etc. I am grateful I didn’t screw it up. Raising children is not an easy job but it is an honor to have had the privilege of being their mom. I am learning to let them fly and live their lives fully. Without the full support of my soulmate, I would never have been able to live the life I have lived and continue to live.

I am grateful for my Ocean Bliss Yoga community. You have fulfilled my life in more ways than you will ever know. I am grateful to the Belle Harbor Yacht Club for providing a beautiful space for our community to practice yoga. Without their support, we would not be able to provide our services. I am grateful to Paulette Mancuso for being my business partner and true friend. As you know, it’s not easy to run a business without bumps in the road but we are committed to the path and learn to move on and let go.

I am grateful for my neighbors and the entire Rockaway, Breezy and Broad Channel communities. Originally, I am from Park Slope, but Rockaway will always be my hometown. My best friendships have been created in Rockaway. I am so grateful to my girlfriends. You will always be in my life for the good times and bad times. 

I am grateful to Kevin Boyle and The Rockaway Times for giving me the opportunity to have a voice and allowing me to write from my heart about wellness. I am grateful for the readers who thank me for writing just when I am ready to throw in the towel! Writing is very difficult for me and doesn’t come easy. 

“For each new morning with its light. For rest and shelter of the night. For health and food. For love and friends. For everything that goodness sends.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

May you be healthy, happy, grateful and free of suffering.

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