Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie

Today is the Monday before Thanksgiving, and many Moms are running around trying to get things ready for this special holiday. What does your Monday look like? Perhaps you are in crash mode trying to figure out those last details for the Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe you are looking forward to a great family get together or just some quiet family time at home.

The neat thing about Thanksgiving is it is an entirely American holiday. Some of my international friends often comment how admired they are that Americans set aside one day a year to focus on gratitude. Most of the other holidays we celebrate are shared with different cultures and countries. But not Thanksgiving…it is solely ours.

Yet, like many other moms, I confess my attitude can often be far from gratitude. And I dismiss the power of gratefulness and the transformation it can have emotionally, physically and even spiritually. Thankful hearts are content to stay and savor the moment rather than become cluttered by worry and fear. Motivated and strengthened from where they have been, they focus on who they have become and do not getting lost in the future.

So, as a mom in this journey of motherhood, I’m going to put myself out there. If you catch me complaining, do me the favor of calling me on it. Even better, what if we make our own list of our of gratitudes? Let’s see if we can come up with 25 things moms can be grateful for!

25 Things Moms Can Be Grateful for:

1) That we have a new opportunity each day to make a difference in the life of our children.