Notes on Gratitude
03 August 2015

Notes on Gratitude

An incredible aroma emanated out of the open cabinet. I took a deep breath in through my nose. The smell was a beautiful combination of lily and narcissus, gillyflower and fuchsia, passion fruit and shea butter. See those soap bars at the bottom of the photo?  I was enveloped in their heavenly scent. I took another deep breath in and slowly let it out. Immediately, I saw in my mind’s eye the smiling face of the person that was with me in the store in Boulder, CO where I purchased those bars of soap. Two seconds later I was lost in pleasant memories of the weekend I spent there and all the people (so dear to me) with whom I spent it—joy coming from one simple delightful whiff. The thrill of my conniving thoughts to swap out a tub of shave balm for intensive moisturizing hair conditioner evaporated and was replaced by gratitude for the memories of that special weekend with special friends.

Click the photo to read more about soap, toilet paper and gratitude.

Notes on Gratitude
29 July 2015

Notes on Gratitude

I'd like you to meet the newest member of our family. This is my grandbaby boy, Val Yokas.

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Notes on Gratitude
20 July 2015

Notes on Gratitude

I don't know how to make sense of the fact that three years to the day of your death, Bob, your partner of 25 years, is rehabilitating in the same place you were up until your death. I followed him to the physical therapy room and saw a whisper of you in each patient that worked hard to stand up a bit straighter and to walk a bit stronger.

Click the photo to read more about feeling grateful on the third anniversary of my mother's death.

Notes on Gratitude
01 July 2015

Notes on Gratitude

I had a sense of the truth of Tolle's words. I seek joy from external sources: people, places, possessions. Yes, I do. No wonder I end up disappointed, and as Tolle says, frustrated. I’ve been looking for joy in the wrong place!

Click the photo of my handsome boys to read more.

Notes on Gratitude
21 June 2015

Notes on Gratitude

“A miracle is not defined by an event. A miracle is defined by gratitude.” (Here If You Need Me, p. 181)

Our ability to feel grateful grows with patient practice, with taking the time to notice the events, people, places and things—big and small—that bring us peace, joy, and love.

Click the photo to see more. Today: Happy Father's Day and when gratitude is tinged by grief.

 

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About Tracey

Tracey Yokas is a mom, wife, and friend with a passion for connection. She aspires to write her deepest truths so that others will know they are not alone and to eradicate the stigma and ignorance that surround mental illness. Tracey holds a BS in Communications from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University. Her writing hasn’t yet been featured anywhere, but she’s working on it! 

"We're all just walking each other home."

–Ram Dass

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"Your book is coming together in a great story that I believe will touch people wholeheartedly. You are taking what was, at times, a very sad and difficult journey, and creating a way to share it and encourage others to maintain the course, to hope, to keep moving forward towards a better life. That's an incredible thing. The path that led you to here, to writing this book, to morph it as you went along, is coming together beautifully. That path, like ourselves and our lives,hasn't been "perfect"... but the end product will be amazing and change lives for the better."

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