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Tomorrow on Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States.  It is one of my favorite holidays because the focus is on what we have to be grateful for.

Although there is so much unrest in the world, and many people around the world still go to bed hungry, it is important for us to take note of what we are grateful for.  I believe that doing this has many benefits including getting in touch with our desire to give back and contribute.  

I wanted to give you a gift that made a huge difference in my life.   When I participated in a course that we offer called the Self Actualization Course I learned a gratitude practice that was so powerful it rocked me to my core.

It’s called Mental Subtraction.  Here’s the instructions.  

Directions: Write about how your life would have been different if a positive event in your life had never happened.

Here’s how I did the exercise recently.

Morty asked me out three times and I said no.  He then left a message on my answering machine that said “I know you don’t want to go out with me Saturday night, but if you did, where would I make a reservation and what time would I pick you up.”  I laughed and thought, this guy deserves one date.  Had I not said yes,

I wouldn’t have had a 35 year marriage where I was loved unconditionally every day of my life,

I wouldn’t have my two amazing daughters

I wouldn’t have Loki, my precious grandchild

I wouldn’t have a career where I wake up each morning and have the honor of helping people transform their lives

I wouldn’t have left New York for Connecticut and found the alternative school that my kids went to and met the conscious, fun, loving friends with whom I would raise my children and create fabulous memories with

I wouldn’t have moved to California and have met the most extraordinary friends that a human being could ever have

All this had I had not said yes!  I am as grateful as I write this as I was when I first did the exercise.

What is something in your life that had it not happened your life would be different today?  

My wish for you and your families is that you have much to be grateful for.

I am grateful for your presence in my life even if I have never met you.  I know that you are out there and I am grateful that you use our work to free yourself to live as the unlimited possibilities that you are.


Please do the exercise and describe your results below.