“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~Albert Schweitzer
Gratitude lists are a big part of the community journaling workshops I teach periodically — and I try to practice what I preach. One of my favorite exercises is to jot down the names of everyone, past and present, who made a difference in my life.
My family doctor — who retires this month — is at the top of my list. I wouldn’t be walking pain-free today if it weren’t for his care and intervention, for starters, and I credit him for keeping my health on track for the past two and a half decades.
Was there someone who helped you out when you were in trouble? Did a mentor inspire your career or boost your success? Who restores your spirit and lights up your life when you’re in the dark?