Photo Credit: Zac Durant,
Photo Credit: Zac Durant,

Living fully has everything to do with loving your life and making it the best ever. Just last month I was reflecting on the loss of my favorite companion, my chocolate lab who was loyal to the end, and was with me almost 17 years.

Those nearly-17 years together felt like a lifetime. He kept me company as I spent many an hour on my laptop creating value for others. It was as if there was no other place he wanted to be than right there, by my side.

His passing’s difficult to accept. However, I find comfort in the love he shared, and the endless hours of smiles and joy his perfect character reflected.

The passing of any pet who makes a valuable difference in your life makes a mark on your heart where you’ll never forget them.

The day I had to say goodbye to “Slots” for the last time was one of the most difficult moments I have faced. I felt a deep sense of gratitude to my special friend who’d given me so much to be thankful for.

That final day, I felt a deep sense of gratitude. The emotions of love, abundance, happiness, and sadness rushed to my heart. But despite the sadness and emptiness I was feeling during that final moment, my gratitude toward this incredible dog was huge. He’d been there through the good and the bad of my life and somehow his warmth made everything okay.

Dogs have a way of stealing your heart from the moment you hold them as puppies and this lab that never left me until now, gave all of his love willingly.

Gratitude’s an amazing feeling and a special gift from above. Connecting with your gratitude will change how you feel and how you act.

Brian Tracy said,

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

Imagine how gratitude can have a positive influence on your writing. It all starts with believing in your talent and ability, knowing you’re worthy of recognition. Writing words on paper’s one thing, but making a connection from your heart’s an entirely different way to support your writing with authenticity.

Deepak Chopra teaches that when you expand your awareness through love, compassion, joy, and equanimity you’ll have unlimited creativity.

Pets have this awareness without even knowing it. They provide an unbridled willingness as they innocently make your life better through their own brand of love. This lesson’s one that all of us should learn: taking gratitude to a higher level.

On those days where you may find yourself feeling less grateful, be aware that putting gratitude first will make a positive difference in you and your writing.

Melody Beattie said,

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

My invitation to you is to simply start each day with gratitude. Write one paragraph about gratitude and how it serves you. Being grateful and connecting with gratitude is powerful and will make a difference.