Day 3 of the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge!

First, post or write something you’re grateful for.

Think about your mantra. Then, today’s task!

Build a personal Board of Directors. Anyone at all can be on it. Real or virtual. Who would you choose?

Write down their names.

Then ask each one for guidance on a challenge you face. Listen to their responses.

Today I am grateful I am healthy and full of energy. I have so many things stacked up on my to-do list which need to get done. I’m grateful I can work hard all day long to make progress on them.

My mantra is “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. This is a distillation of a longer explanation given by Mahatma Gandhi.

His full text was:
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

My board of directors:

Haloke from my Wyoming series. She is strong, steady, compassionate, determined, and keeps at something until it is right.

Ariana from my Being Aware medieval book. She is deaf, but she surmounts the challenges and plows on with life. She watches over her gay younger brother and her uncle who drinks, all while striving to find justice for her murdered parents.

Ann Foster, my ancestor who got caught up during the Salem Witch Trials. When Ann’s daughter and granddaughter were accused of being witches, Ann sacrificed herself and said that she was the witch. She was put into jail, at the age of 75, and after a few months in those wretched conditions she died.

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