Disrupted into Gratitude!

Sometimes I go about pitying myself when all the while I am being carried by great winds across the sky.

~Ojibwe saying

A Thought Worth Considering

First, let me say that something I am so very grateful for is my Soul Lab group. We have been meeting one way or another – by phone, in person, and on Zoom –for almost 15 years. The poem below came to me after a recent deeply moving conversation/time of sharing.

(These happenings occur monthly and are always special and magical.)

And so, a thought worth considering right now is how often being in the good company of like-hearted people can be the perfect disruptor, leading to many wonderful serendipities.

Questions Worth Asking

Who disrupts you into gratitude (and have you let them know that they do)?

What disrupts you into gratitude and do you allow yourself to step into the places and situations that foster it?

When are you disrupted into gratitude and do you create enough spaciousness for that shift to happen?

Actions Worth Taking

Take time to smell the roses…and the lavender…and the crisp fall air…and the enticing aromas coming from a happily industrious holiday kitchen…and the familiar comforting smells coming from the fireplace on a chilly morning (I miss that, living in Florida. Our family used to gather around our NYC apartment fireplace on chilly weekend mornings)…and and and…

Be willing to be disrupted by gratitude every chance you get.

Notice what you notice.

Today is the perfect day to allow gratitude to disrupt any inner grumblings.

“disrupted into gratitude”*

thrown from my dark

and lonely trajectory

and propelled toward

wide open-eyed vistas

of nature’s beauty

and her bountiful embrace




no longer by myself

heart awakened to all there is

remembering how to live

in and from LOVE

practicing being love—

an exercise in grace and gratitude

kindness and compassion

connection and courageous

presence to the Infinite

abundance that exists


awakening to the miraculous

fullness of what quite simply IS

here and available to me

in any given moment

as the path to restoration

and resilience stretches before me

inviting me onward

and here I am

at last willing

to recognize and

accept its beckoning call

–from the heart, mind, and pen of Minx
*words spoken by my friend Myron Lowe at our Soul Lab zoom gathering in October 2020

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Minx Boren
Minx Boren
Minx Boren is a Master Certified Coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation, as well as a motivational speaker and workshop/webinar facilitator. She is author/co-author of sixteen books, including Friendship Is a Journey, Healing Is a Journey, and, most recently, Decades of Gratitude, Gusto, Grit & Grace. Minx is a longtime community leader and activist and has served as president of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches 2013-14 and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Women’s Foundation of Florida since 2007. She is the 2013 recipient of the Giraffe Project, presented by Women’s Chamber of Commerce to women who “stick their neck out for others. ”Her current focus is on exploring with olders what it means to grow into our later years with gratitude, grace, and gusto. As an adjunct professor at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, she offers courses on such topics as Navigating by Values, Resilience in Stressful Times, and Healthwise Living. As an author, Coach Minx leads workshops at spas and wellness centers as well as for the Women’s Foundation of Florida for those who want to write a book or articles for publication or simply want to learn to journal their personal reflections more effectively. Minx is the CJO – Chief Journaling Officer – for Purpose Journals, a company that offers unique journals, webinars, tools, an active writing community along with significant support for anyone who wants to “discover yourself on the page.” Minx is involved with developing and presenting local Sustainable Living initiatives including, because of her background in nutrition and wellness, programs on Food Glorious Food – A Sustainable Perspective. For the past 10 years, she has been sending out a Balance Point Newsletter every other week – thought-provoking ideas, questions, and action challenges - along with selections of poetry from her poem-a-day practice – all from a coach perspective. You can sign up to receive them on her website.

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    • Hi Larry. Yes. AND when we stop for gratitude, our attention is often disrupted from the endless loop of negative chatter that can keep us feeling depleted and even hopeless. Thanks for being in touch.

  1. Dear Minx,

    Such a meaningful poem and quotes that truly kindle the heart with a little gentle light, gradually dispelling anxiety, grasping the smallest positive element in life and moving on from there. But first we have to recognize the gateway that is actually open to us. It is not always seen by everyone, so guiding a person towards the gateway would be the ultimate in giving and kindness.

    Thank you so much, Minx. Wishing you a peaceful weekend blessed with kindness.


  2. Minx, this is profoundly beautiful and timely in this month of ‘Thanksgiving’.
    I love your words, ‘an exercise in grace and gratitude’. It is an opportunity to practice daily with an open heart and strong back. We all have seasons and chapters of our lives that can be celebrated. What a wonderful way to start my day. #gratefulbeyondmeasure.