The past few days so much has happened in my life that it makes my heart sometimes feel like it will explode right out of my chest. I get hit with huge waves of gratitude. I have been so humbled and so excited at the same time. I know that all of this is happening because of the people that surround me. I have to stop and breathe sometimes because I get so excited and at times, overwhelmed.

I no longer take things for granted. I am intentional about how I show up, who I holding in a circlespend time with and what my purpose is. Part of being able to do that is to be in gratitude. Every day is a gift and every relationship and person that enters my life is special.

So I make a habit of letting the people in my life know that they have touched my heart, made a difference and that I see who they are. The more I have made this a practice, the more natural it is. Now I go through my days looking at all the events, miracles and connections with gratitude. It has truly been so wonderful.

“Again, grateful you popped into my world despite being on the other side of the world. I really appreciate who you be. I said it that way intentionally!”

This is what I wrote in the last line of an email that I sent to someone this morning. I think it is important to let the important people in your life know that you appreciate them and that you see them.

With today’s technology, I have found the world to be a much smaller place. I now have friends and loved ones all over the world.  It has allowed us to “peek into” the lives of others in ways we could not do before. We can connect with written words, with voice and even with video.

My journey is continuing and I am so enjoying all of the people that are showing up along the way. This specific journey has been one of tremendous growth for me. I have consciously done it in an open and vulnerable way. That means that there have been days where it is not easy, I get scared, my scars reappear for continued healing. As I move though those days, and come out the other side, I again bask in the waves of gratitude for all of this.

I am in choice and I am choosing this life. I want to grow and create my vision. The crazy thing is that I never expected to have such support and help from all over the world!

So yes, gratitude is very important to me. It keeps me in a place that is open, growing and connecting. I have noticed that when I connect with others from a place of vulnerability that in turn,  allows them to open the door to their heart and connect the same way. It is indeed a beautiful thing.


+Michelle DeBerge

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About the Author

Michelle has over 20 years experience in coaching, leadership and motivation. She is passionate about creating a community for growth, healing and support. She has been recognized for her work both locally and nationally. She inspires audiences and clients with her down to earth stories of struggle and growth. She believes that being authentic has been the key to her success.

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