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31 Days of Living a Passionate Life, Day 7 = Gratitude

Posted on the 07 October 2013 by Juliejordanscott @juliejordanscot

Grateful zentangle green w paperTo Read this series from the start, please visit this #31 Days Link after you have read this essay.

I have been known to sign my emails with the phrase, "With Passionate Gratitude, Julie."

I used to think all those gratitude junkies were nuts until I became one myself: authentically, truly, with so much love bundled into it.

I kept gratitude lists for about seven years nearly daily and I don't know when I stopped or what had me stop, but when I look at what will lead us to live a more passionate life, Gratitude sings an undeniable song that is so defiantly hopeful - you can't help but sing along.

Gratitude is the perfect match for passion.

Thanksgiving with dancing shoes, perhaps.

Gratitude as Passion's doorway.

Gratitude as Passion's best friend, playing on the swings at the park and leaping off, holding hands.

Gratitude with a tissue when Passion simply must cry.

Passion pulling the comforter over Gratitude when she is overwhelmed and needs a nap.

When you choose to passionately cultivate gratitude, you will find yourself at a much deeper level of gratitude practice. There are times when I could barely lift my head to say "I am grateful for running water, I am grateful I have shampoo, I am grateful for my cat so I am not alone when I am feeling lower than low."

Yet - choosing to stay in practice and in the feeling of gratitude, that light continues to shine and passion feels stronger and stronger and yes, even stronger.

What are you grateful for today?

What are you passionately grateful for today?

Imagine swimming around in the warm waters of Passionate Gratitude today - and allow this energy to hold you up.

Now do not rinse and simply repeat for the next 31 and more days.

I feel your gratitude and passion growing from here.

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Day 1/31 – Let’s Begin

Day 2/31 - A Passionate Attitude

Day 3/31 - Choice + Intentional Action

Day 4/31 - Passionate Detachment

Day 5/31 - Curiosity & Passion

Day 6 - Creating a Monthly Theme


31days logoThis post was inspired by the #31Days challenge on TheNester.com

So far it has been a wonderful experience of creativity and community. I hope you will continue to follow along on my adventure AND the adventures of others.

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Plain ol happyJulie Jordan Scott is a writer, performance poet, Mommy and mixed-media artist. Her word-love themed art will be for sale at First Friday each month in Downtown Bakersfield. Check out the links below to follow her on a bunch of different social media channels, especially if you find the idea of a Word-Love Party bus particularly enticing.

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