Counting Blessings Before Sunrise

Photo Credit: Michelle Minero

I woke up this morning with a sore throat, and stuffy nose. My head was stuffy. I knew I needed to care for myself. My husband brought me an “emergence C” drink which I drank in bed. I sat quietly this morning before getting out of bed.

I remembered my writings in my chapter on relationships in my upcoming book “The Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works.”

In this particular chapter I write about the importance of our first relationship, which is the relationship with our self.

I suggested taking time to count our blessings before getting out of bed each morning.

I noticed my thoughts went to my gratitude for my family. As I sat quietly bringing each member to mind I was filled with a sense of love, gratitude, and well being that went beyond my physical body. I’ve brought in a spiritual healing by the action of bringing to mind my gratitude for those I love.

I decided to share this process with you in the hopes that you will try this practice as a means of bringing more love into your heart each day.

Gratitude for my family:

I am grateful for my loving husband who shows me love by doing small consistent loving gestures. Today he brought me a glass of water with vitamin C to bed before I got up. We were married 34 years this past 2011, I am grateful for every day with him.

I am grateful to watch my firstborn child meet a physical challenge with optimism, consistency, persistence and commitment for self-care. He is learning a very important lesson. He has expressed to me his gratitude at learning the importance of caring for his body at this young age. What a lovely perspective to have. He helps me to stay focused on my own process of healing vs. the other option of complaining and feeling sorry for myself.

I am grateful for my next child, a daughter who is going on her 5th year of marriage to a loving man who values family as we do. Together they have created a beautiful daughter, our first grandchild. I watch my daughter embrace motherhood with all of her being. She is such a loving responsible mother. I watch her balance the needs of her daughter with herself and her husband and dogs. She is doing such a wonderful job with this new part of her life. I am also grateful that they live close to us, so we are able to see them frequently. My granddaughter has opened my heart to a new kind of love, a “grandmother’s love”; it is so vast and new that it is hard to put into words. I feel my heart expanding in her presence.

I am grateful for my third child, a daughter who has completed two large developmental tasks. She graduated from college and moved back to Petaluma to be with the man of her dreams. She is engaged to be married this year. I am so grateful that she has found love, and am happy to share their joy and begin to help them plan their wedding. Our family and our soon to be son-in-law’s family are a comfortable fit. I am so grateful for the loving family they have created. I look forward to our families sharing the love of our children.

I am grateful for my fourth child, a daughter who graduated from college and is living with us. Her sunny disposition, loving heart, and desire to be of service are inspirational. She and I make a great team. She has brought my passions and visions into being through her knowledge of computers and social media. She has brought my concept of Love Warriors into the world through this online community we are now all participating in.

This simple practice of counting my blessings has lifted my spirit this morning. Although I still have a cold, my spirit, my emotions and my thoughts bring me joy and a sense of well being. I am blessed.

What are your blessings? Are you willing to write them out and see how you feel afterwards? If you do, will you share your experience with us?

Blessings to you on your Self-Love journey,


Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!

Go here to submit your 10 minute self-love writing: Share your writing with the Self-Love Warrior group blog!, here to see a list of all self-love writing submitted for this event & to get a run down of what’s going on & here to join the event via the Official Facebook Event page & to get updates on the 10 Minute Self-Love Writing Challenge.

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