Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gratitude Blog Hop Guest Post by Emerald Barnes (FREE book!)


It’s defined in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as: “the state of being grateful : thankfulness.”

It tends to be one thing we take for granted at times.

As a writer, I wouldn’t have made it without the friends I’ve met along the way which include other writers, bloggers, fans, and reviewers.  My book would have been figuratively sitting on the shelf, gathering dust.  Without promotion from wonderful people, I wouldn’t have sold as many copies of my book, Piercing Through the Darkness, as I have.

To say that I am grateful, well, that’s an understatement.  I owe these people my career, but you know, it’s easy to forget to thank them personally for what they’ve done, although I am so very grateful.

But let’s put the writing career aside for a moment.  Although that’s an important part of my life, it’s not the only part. 

Where would we be without our family and friends?  They’re the people who keep us going.  They’re the people we turn to when we need a shoulder to cry on.   They’re the ones who support us. They’re the people who love us. 

Gratitude is something we shouldn’t exclude from our lives.  It’s something we should express throughout the year and not only when Thanksgiving (for those who celebrate it) rolls around. 

A nice “Thank you” card sent to loved ones or a simple phone call for no specific reason could make a world of difference.  I’m not saying I’m perfect at this.  Sometimes, I lose sight of gratitude.  I let moments pass without saying thank you, and I ought to do better.  I ought to remember that I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am without all of these wonderful people in my life. 

In everything we do, we ought to give thanks.  Be grateful for the things we have in life.  Be grateful for the people we have in our lives.  Show gratitude whether it’s in your personal life or professional.  You will see a brighter day, and feel so much better for having been grateful for the people helping us become who we are. 

As the Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 (NKJV): “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 

About the Author:
Emerald Barnes is writer by day, auntie at all times.  She writes fiction, mostly novels, and self-published her first novella, Piercing Through the Darkness, a tale of repressed memories, love, hate, revenge, and a search for a way out of the darkness.  It’s available through Kindle and Smashwords.

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  1. Great reminder that we should be thankful to those close to us and let them know! It's so easy to take them for granted.

  2. @Wendy

    It really is easy which is sad. I know I should be better at thanking them for being them. :)

    Thanks for commenting! I hope you took advantage of the free ebook, and if you did, I hope you enjoy it!


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