Living in gratitude is what I do when I’m not complaining (hee, hee). Yes, I confess that I do complain sometimes, even if it’s too myself. I call it ‘venting’ or letting off steam. I don’t think it’s in my nature to be satisfied because the desire to be my best is what drives me. I’ve learned that to do my best, I must relinquish control. I can’t control circumstances and the opinion of others, but I can do my best in my service to others.
In my past, I was blessed to bring entertainment fun to audiences and travel with many Stars including The Rat Pack tour. My sister Linda and I experienced this journey together and are writing a book about our show business experiences and our healthy childhood upbringing called, ‘Beyond Our Wildest Dreams.’
The Seasons of Life Change…
Today, I am employed as a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente, quite a difference from my past in the entertainment industry! I am grateful to be a part of the largest non-profit health plan in the United States, serving 8.5 million members. To improve community well-being, contributions average more than $200 million dollars in service and funding, with efficient information provided to government policy makers to shape health care policies.
I find satisfaction in my job of keeping our members and patients healthy through exercise to prevent more serious problems later. It’s also a privilege to provide the benefits of exercise to the nurses and doctors that need to stay healthy and fit so they can give the best care possible for the patients that need their expertise.
Recently, my nephew was rushed to intensive care and was in surgery for eleven hours with a team of doctors. During this time, my family joined in prayer. I am truly blessed to have a large family and close friends that support each other with a strong faith in God.
At this time of year, the awesome beauty of nature with the changing color of the leaves dancing against the silhouette of the sky and mountains makes me want to praise our Creator. It seems that being content and at peace is an art form that keeps evolving. I found that living in thankfulness puts the art of grace in motion. I have so much to be thankful for, especially when I look at the good in people and situations. This outlook keeps my life positive and gives me a sense of inner joy.
What do you have to be thankful for? I’d love to hear from you.
Find your joy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Maria Lauren (AKA: Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio)
Your Powerful LIFE blog
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