Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: The Gratitude List

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

They say “count your blessings” and it sounds so simple, to the point it pretty much sounds stupid and almost superficial.

The thing is, as I’ve learned, when things get tough — think about the good things. There might be more there than meets the naked eye.

You might surprise yourself and find some powerful stuff deep within you forgot.

“On ne voit bien qu’avec le cÅ“ur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.”


“One sees clearly only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’

It is the time passed, that makes time so important. Good or bad, time is the key.

It is true, that there is this funny thing about life that happens — it gets in the way of itselfbut it will find a way.

The world is full of sadness, hurt, pain, suffering and hunger. But it is also full of love, peace, beauty, hope and trust. It is a beautiful place if you open your eyes to let yourself see it.

It isn’t always easy, but then again, what is right isn’t always easy.

It takes courage, it takes strength, it takes the ability to search within yourself to find the beauty you thought you lost and set  it free all over again.

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And so came The Gratitude List: 20 things you are grateful for.

  • Write them down on paper – do not type it out. Think about it as you are writing a letter to yourself.
  • Be truthful, even if it does sound silly when you say it out loud. Your list is for you.
  • They don’t have to be in order of importance – actually, it is better that they are not. Just write out what you feel.
  • Oprah did it, and if you follow the musings of the O, I mean why not?
  • Speak from the heart.

Here, I’ll start:-

I am grateful that…

  1. …I have an amazing family who will stand by me no matter what.
  2. …I have great friends – true friends – who love, support and will listen to me no matter what.
  3. …I have a good job where I get to do what I love and work with some pretty cool folks.
  4. …I’m prettyfully pink and my skinny jeans don’t make me look like a golf club in ballerina flats from the side.
  5. …I smile that it happened, telling myself not to cry that it’s over.
  6. …I have a great apartment, with a great roommate who owns an adorable kitty that adopted me.
  7. …I’ve met some amazing people after my move to New York City.
  8. …I live in New York City!
  9. …I have a great online social network and have been afforded the opportunity to get to know and meet some amazing people through the Little Pink Book PR.
  10. …I have Little Pink Book PR.
  11. …My home is in Miami.
  12. …I’m healthy and sane…mostly. 🙂
  13. … ♥
  14. … ♥
  15. … ♥
  16. … ♥
  17. … ♥
  18. … ♥
  19. … ♥
  20. … ♥

Life is beautiful.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

– Dr. Seuss

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Live it.

Take your list and tuck it away and the next time you forget, pull it out to remember.

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and don’t forget to wish the world well and inhale courage and exhale fear…

Sasha Muradali runs the Little Pink Book. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami (’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the Little Pink Book delivered to your Kindle.

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