Gathering in for the Holidays

…with gratitude in sharing my journey

candle and pinecones“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.” –Katherine Dunham

After sharing so much of my life through writing and the increased visibility I have received as a coach, I am drawing within this Thanksgiving.

Rather than giving and sharing from the heart, which are the ways I feel most comfortable communicating, I am standing back for a while and listening, observing and accepting each moment before me—whether it’s a quiet walk on the beach or sitting in a roomful of friends toasting with gratitude our blessings of the year.

I thank my children, clients, readers, friends and dates for their patience with me as I grew new wings, this past year in particular when I put myself on the line in many new ways.

And I am grateful for the support of those who technically made this dream blog of mine come true—Nancy Wolff Leary, Donato Dandreo, Marj Elliott, Beth Shedd and Beth Scanzani. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, this blog has become my baby, and it has taken a community to bring it to life.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. May you feel the blessings of your loved ones–and be grateful and show appreciation to those who touched your life.

Or, in the words, of John F. Kennedy: “As we express gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?


Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.


Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.


Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.


Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.


Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons.


Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.


It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.


GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

(Author Unknown)

With gratitude,


Beth Shedd’s photo of the candles on her Thanksgiving table reminds us to find soothing places where our light can shine and allow us to express our gratitude.


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  • Gail,
    Thank you for your wisdom, always written with the feel of prose. Each week when I read your blog I feel my heart rate slow as I breathe more deeply and take a moment to reflect.

    Thank you for all you share with me as well. I wish you a joyful Thanksgiving and the achievement of your dreams. – Nancy

    • Gail says:

      Your good wishes are much appreciated, Nancy. It’s been quite a ride this year…looking forward to watching the magic and miracles unfold. Blessings, Gail

  • Bev Wax says:

    Thank YOU Gail for all your help through the years. I enjoy reading your blog tremendously. This poem was especially appropriate for me personally after this very difficult week. A very long story. I know you appreciate your family and friends and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow.

    Take care. Hope to see you soon.


  • Taking time to be quiet & go within has become an absolute life necessity for me. I’m learning that if I allow an especially busy schedule to get in the way of this time with myself and God/Life, I pay a price in stress, emotional reactivity, and overwhelm. But as long as I maintain this time no matter what, I have the inner reserves to walk more gracefully through all kinds of challenges. Thanks for the reminder!

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