Having a Grateful Heart Amidst Chaos


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Having a Grateful Heart Amidst Chaos

Written by Randi Fine

Narcissistic Abuse Awareness and Guidance with Randi Fine

The year 2020 has been an unprecedented, stressful year filled with fear of illness, disease, loss, civil unrest, bizarre political issues, loss of income, and an unpredictable future.

To snap out of the fog we are in, relieve the anxiety we feel, and uplift ourselves as the holidays and the new year approach, we must change our focus from the loss of control we feel to the reclaiming of our personal power. That requires taking our focus off of that which we cannot control to recognizing the many positives in our lives of which there are many. Gratitude is the key.

Gratitude “awareness,” a mindful practice, must be cultivated. That involves recognizing the many “nods,” large and small, the Universe gives you each day and saying a quiet “Thank you” each time they occur.

There are specific “gifts” unique to each of us that can be recognized and there are truths related to all of us. In an effort to help you jump start your practice, I offer you a collection of common truths I feel we can all be grateful for.

Let us us all be grateful for this beautiful gift of life. Every day is a new adventure that presents us with opportunities to learn and grow.

Let us all be grateful for the love we receive from our family, friends, and/or pets, and the spiritual love that is with us at all times.

Let us all be thankful for our bodies however well or unwell, fit or unfit, able or challenged. They are the sacred vessels that carry us through this journey we call life.

Let us all be grateful for the nourishing food that sustains our bodies and for those who provide it for us.

Let us all be grateful for the shelter that keeps us safe and dry, and the warm, cozy bed that allows us to restore our weary bodies each night.

Let us all be grateful for the sun that rises to light each day and warm the Earth. Without it nothing on our planet would survive.

Let us all be grateful for the gift of nature that surrounds us with color and beautifies our world; that heals us, cheers us, sustains us, calms us, and restores us.

Let us all be grateful for the rains that fall filling our lakes and rivers, sustaining nature, and providing us with water to drink.

Let us all be grateful for the health we have, the health and safety of those we love, and the miraculous ability our bodies have to heal.

Let us all be grateful for each breath we take that provides us with another precious moment of living.

On a personal note, I would like to express my gratitude to all of my readers, listeners, subscribers, followers and supporters for allowing me to continue sharing my thoughts and inspiration. Your trust in me and your encouragement are what keeps me pushing forward in the face of the very challenging but extremely rewarding work I do.

Thank you.


Randi Fine is an internationally renowned narcissistic abuse expert and coach, and the author of the groundbreaking book Close Encounters of the Worst Kind: The Narcissistic Abuse Survivor’s Guide to Healing, the most comprehensive, most well researched, and most up-to-date book on this subject. In addition to helping survivors recognize their abuse and heal from it, this book teaches mental health professionals how to recognize and properly treat the associated abuse syndrome. She is also the author of Cliffedge Road: A Memoir, the first and only book to characterize the life-long progression of complications caused by narcissistic child abuse.

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