Finding Gratitude in the Kitchen

Guest post by Debbie Woodbury, Founder and Editor WhereWeGoNow

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Melody Beattie

We’ve all been there … running around, a million things to do and dinner to make. It’s happened to me and I admit to throwing a meal on the table my share of times.  They weren’t the best meals I ever made, but they got the job done.

Or did they?

Sure, bellies were filled, but is that the only reason we eat?  Is putting a meal together just a job to cross off a list?

No and definitely not.  There’s a big difference between “throwing a meal on the table” and preparing it with love. And where does that love come from, especially when we’re overworked? It comes from gratitude.

When we approach cooking and eating with gratitude, everything changes no matter how much time we have in the kitchen.

Gratitude for our families, food, kitchen and the roof over our head brings us into a state of mindful awareness. It slows us down after a busy day and brings us back to center, literally and figuratively.  As we chop, mix, stir, braise, sauté and create a meal in our kitchens, gratitude brings home the only reason we are there – for the love of our families.

As gratitude slows us down, it gives us time to think. We take the time to plan healthy meals, rather than reaching for the same old stuff. We sit and read cookbooks encouraging us to serve foods we’ve never tried before. We learn to simplify and yet, somehow, we expand.

Every day, we have the chance to make meals which inspire healing, wellness and live out loud joy! As we enter the holiday season, let’s focus on bringing gratitude to the table.

Survival > Existence,


PS: Don’t miss The WhereWeGoNow Gratitude Gems Series starting November 1st. Sign up today and, as a member, you will get an email each day of November with an inspirational gratitude quote and a note from me. Make gratitude and a little time for yourself a priority this holiday season – sign up to be a member of The WhereWeGoNow Gratitude Gems Series now!

ABOUT: Debbie Woodbury is a volunteer with the Cancer Hope Network, a patient educator with The Connection’s Pathways Women’s Cancer Teaching Project and a member of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center Oncology Community Advisory Board at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ. She is the founder and editor of WhereWeGoNow, an interactive online community for survivors creating inspired healing, wellness and live out loud joy. Join her today at WhereWeGoNow and sign up for the WhereWeGoNow Newsletters and your FREE copy of the “WhereWeGoNow Manifesto – 20 Intentions for Your Inspired Survivorship” and the WhereWeGoNow Gifts & Losses List Workbook. You can also find Debbie on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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