Contributed by Donna Marie

For several years I have taken time to be grateful for life in all its forms.  Whether it’s witnessing a sunrise, appreciating turning leaves as summer gives way to fall or experiencing profound gratitude for family and friends, I have noticed the joy that comes from this attitude of gratitude. Then I began acknowledging myself for all the ways I take care of myself.  From the choices I make about the foods I eat, to my career choice, to how I nurture my relationships, to how I do so many of the little things to support my well-being in life.

When I started to do this, I began seeing things I had previously taken for granted in a whole new.  I began feeling good about myself and accepting all aspects of me (the things I have mentally labeled ‘good’ and ‘bad’ about myself).  In the process I discovered: I love me and that has been a gift that keeps on giving!

“Self-appreciation provides an access to self-love.”

 “Love experienced through the approval of others is fleeting;
love experienced through self-acceptance is enduring.”