“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the

spiritual dimension of life opens up.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and

change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Your Guiding Light? S

ince November is the month I always associate with gratitude, I thought I’d tell you a story that could to change

your life.

You’ve been told that your thoughts create your reality. That’s not quite accurate, in- stead your thoughts create your experience of your reality. This distinction is an impor- tant one, and here is a story to illustrate

Is Gratitude

“I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness -

it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude.” ~ Brene Brown

how it can change your life when you grasp it.

Imagine that you live underground in a series of round cave rooms. There is a work cave, a home cave, a family cave, a self- image cave, etc. And since you are under- ground the only light you have comes from your magical miner’s hat. This hat is pow- ered by your thoughts and it changes

Daniel Lackey, FNP-C Daniel Lackey, FNP-C

Daniel Lackey, FNP-C is a board certified Nurse Practitioner. His background is in Emergency Medi- cine, with 5 years of experience as an ER nurse. His nurse practitioner degree includes specialties in fami- ly practice and adult gerontological acute care. Following his true pas- sion, however, he also obtained a certification in functional medi- cine. He finds it is truly rewarding and efficacious to address the root cause of illness instead of viewing the body as separate systems.

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colors as your thoughts change. Now, the really special aspect of these rooms are they resonate with your individual magic hat, so you only see the part of your room that correlates with the light your hat is emitting.

Let’s take your work room as an example. If you hate your job, dislike your boss, dread going there every day, your hat emits a red light. So, when you are in your work room you can only see the section of the room that resonates with the color red. The rest of the room exists, you just cannot see it because red is the color you are emanat- ing.

If you came to me upset over your job, wanting to quit and find a new one be- cause you had this long list of woes here is what I’d tell you. Stop focusing on what you don’t like about your job and start focusing on what you are grateful for. And here is why I’d say that.

When you change your focus, you change your hypothetical headlamp color. And it doesn’t matter how trivial or silly the items on your list are, it only matters that you are intentionally shifting your focus. So, in this example maybe we’d begin with just

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