The Best Of November: Gratitude

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thanksgivingWhile December is “the most wonderful time of the year,” you might get tired of hearing this from me soon, November was a good month as well. Although some went crazy on Black Friday and behaved horribly towards their fellow citizens as they did battle to get bargains, during November more people gave thanks.

Gratitude was the underlying theme throughout our posts in November, unintentionally, subtly but there. Grateful is what I will always be for the opportunity, this medium and all the other media where I am able to converse with you.

This week’s roundup post is actually a showcase of the Top 10 posts of November. So, without further ado here are the posts that you visited, read, shared and commented on the most, with a quote from each.

Top 10 of November

#10International Men’s Day: Let’s Celebrate was published on November 19: “What if celebrating them would help reduce the more aggressive, sometimes mean-spirited behaviours? Does observing International Men’s Day really take away anything from women?”

#9Word To Live By: Kindness was intentionally written and published in observance of World Kindness Day, November 13 and is as relevant today as it was on that day. “Sadly, many of the words making headline news are filled with animosity or downright cruelty and hatred one person or group towards another. When the headline words are less hateful, they are filled with fear or sending a message that somehow you are not enough.”

november#8Who Is Your Family? A very personal question that many answered that friends are included in the people who they would describe as family – and for whom they are most grateful. This was published on November 20 and came after news broke about the attack in Paris: “However, when news broke of the attacks in Paris, it was hard for me not to follow closely the unfolding. My family was the first thought to mind as I viewed the havoc other people’s family members had created.”

#7Food Banks: Help Up Or Hand Out? was one of those post that the Contributor, Katelyn Roth, and I pondered how best to approach it. In the end, it seemed we did okay as you placed it in our Top 10 for November: “For some (perhaps more than any of us realizes), relying on food banks to provide food, or supplement what is provided by a dwindling income, is a necessary evil. I say evil because of the stigma that surrounds those who require these services. Though most of us would say we have nothing but sympathy and support for those who have fallen on hard times, the general message is still that there is no small amount of shame that surrounds asking for charity.”

#6 – Aiming to be “Always Inspirational, Insightful and In-depth,” as well as Inclusive, our Contributor, Neelma Tashfeen, from Pakistan helped us step closer to that. In a world increasingly divided along religious, cultural, racial and other lines, through the post “The Story Behind Pakistan Fashion,” we sought to bring us closer on a lighter, prettier note: “Like the architecture of Indo-Pak subcontinent, Pakistan fashion, particularly the dresses, is a unique blend of the foreign influence, happily married to our local traditions coloured by religious overtones. The selection of fabric and colors is amazingly adorned with innumerable hand embroidery. With time and the entry of even more talented local fashion designers, a fresh dimension of modernity has been added to the traditional.”

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#5 – In preparation for the New Year, we hope to support you and name “3 Roadblocks To An Awesome 2016.” Published on November 10, through this post and my E-Book, “Before The Year Ends,” we suggested that “moving into 2016, my suggestion to you would be this – clean up your intentions and your thoughts, check what outstanding goals you have for the year that is fast ending.”

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#4 – November 17 is World Prematurity Day and regular readers know that my granddaughter is a preemie. It made sense that on that day the post was “My Daughter’s Journey With Prematurity,” in which I shared: “Mahalia was born at 1:39 a.m. on July 1, 2014 – Canada Day – weighing 4 lbs 1 ounce. Her parents were worried but I was not overly. There was a team of prayer warriors ministering to her – my Sisters of my private Facebook group, Daughters Of Sheba, her grandfather and his family in Jamaica, my then 2,000+ followers on Twitter and friends of my daughter all over Edmonton and the world.”

#3 – Filling The Dad-Sized Hole In Your Life was the most intimate post that Contributor, Alexis Ali, has ever written for us to date. This post was part of our series on Emptiness and as Alexis shared: “I wish I could say that as I grew older, I was able to accept it and let go. That I could understand that it was him and not me. But I did not and still struggle with it now. I remember times through my childhood when my sister and I would lay on the living room floor staring at the ceiling. We felt empty.”

#2 – If there is no one in your life who can teach you about gratitude then a book is a good place to start. “Books: Food For The Imagination” is the second most visited post for November and in it I shared with you a friend’s surprise about my Christmas gift one year to my daughter: “‘You gave her what for Christmas?’ His shock was palpable but surprising to me. Why would anyone be shocked that my gift to my daughter was a book. That was it. Nothing else.”

#1 – The most visited post for November was “Words You Can Use This Weekend” and it too was a roundup post as well as a play on words and my musings about words we use to harm or heal: “…No surprise then that my dream just before opening my eyes were filled with words, a meeting of hearts wanting to understand each other and people, women beseeching others with words. Sometimes words fail us. They go missing at the exact moment when we need them the most. Words that could heal a situation and caress a heart aching for understanding. Then there are other words that are hard to pronounce but carry within them, paradoxically, grandeur and simplicity.”

That is our roundup for this week. As always, my team of Contributors and I are most grateful that you continue to visit, support and even subscribe to receive updates of our posts. We hope that you will like our Christmas-themed posts throughout December. Those of you who are not yet part of the community, why not sign-up today and get the daily email update as well as monthly FREE newsletter that includes an affirmation poster?

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Do have a marvellous weekend and see you next week. Remember, you can stay connected through my Facebook page and Twitter, where I share content that are not included here.


Claudette P. Esterine

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51 thoughts on “The Best Of November: Gratitude

  1. […] that are being Christmas Angels. Actually, on a Friday as regular readers knows this post is a roundup of the week’s most visited articles. Looking at the statistics earlier, I decided to highlight only two from the […]

  2. What a great round-up. It seems that it was a very busy month. 🙂

  3. The month passed so quickly, and it is always great to look back and see what did well or went well for the precious month.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Absolutely, absolutely!!! 🙂

  4. Rosey

    I can relate to the post about the girl and her dad. My dad passed when my mom was 9 months pregnant. I still miss his presence in my lie and I’m 45.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am so sorry to hear that you are missing your father’s presence. Alexis, the author of the post that you mentioned, her father is still alive but they do not have the kind of relationship all of us hope to have with our parents. Thank you so much for visiting. 🙂

  5. Another great roundup. I will visit the ones I missed.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you so much for continuing to visit! 🙂

  6. victoria

    What a great round up . november sounds like a busy moth.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it was a busy month – but we manage to fit in all that we have to, don’t we? Thanks for visiting Victoria! 🙂

  7. It’s actually rather shocking how quickly this whole year, let alone month, has flown by. There is certainly much to be grateful for in spite of a lot of bad news lately.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, the year has taken off like a jet plane – hasn’t it? And we most certainly have much to be grateful for. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  8. Ashley

    I enjoyed your Word To Live By: Kindness post. We sure could use more kindness in this world. We’ve all become so individualized by our fast-paced, technology-based world that we’ve lost the togetherness that breeds kindness, if that makes sense.

    1. Ms Claudette

      We most certainly can – be kind every day! Your point made absolute sense, so thanks for making it. 🙂

  9. How quickly the month flew by. I remember most of those posts. You certainly do keep us thinking with your content.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Liz, thank you very much! 🙂

  10. I enjoyed reading this update and I look forward to reading your December update. You are very inspiring.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am so glad that you enjoyed and I look forward to your visits throughout this month. 🙂

  11. sounds like it was a month full of thanks. May you continue to have gratitude each and every month. 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Gratitude is my way of being – not just one month. Thanks for your visit! 🙂

  12. Angie@chasingmyhalo

    You had a lovely November, and I enjoyed reading your posts throughout the month!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Angie! Thank you very much! 🙂

  13. Give thanks and give a helping hand….my favourite two!

    1. Ms Claudette

      And don’t they just go hand in hand? No pun intended. 🙂

  14. Jenjen

    #2 though! Great round up!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Do you agree or were you surprised that my gift to my daughter was a book? 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

  15. Great round up! I am going to check out that book. Sounds very interesting

    1. Ms Claudette

      Why thank you! Do hope you like my e-book! 🙂

  16. #7 It’s a tough thing to think that some families have to rely on these.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is – wish that that was not the case. Thanks for dropping by again! 🙂

  17. I really enjoyed this round up post and think I might consider doing something similar on my blog. It’s a great way to see (and share) what content readers are really engaging!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad you liked and saw something that motivates you to reproduce for your audience! Namaste. 🙂

  18. November is a great Month~ So much love and gratitude being spread!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is indeed a great month – wish that it would be November all the time – at least the spirit. Thanks for dropping by!

  19. Elizabeth O.

    That’s an awesome round-up. I have always enjoyed the posts I see here everyday. It’s nice to see the same for your other readers.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you so much for saying that Elizabeth and for continuing to visit! Namaste

  20. there were a lot of articles on your site that i made me a bit emotional while i read them and i’m looking forward to more articles in december

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you so much for your visit and I hope it was the type of emotional that inspires you to be even more lovely than you already are! Namaste. 🙂

  21. What an inspiring top 10 list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and thanks for visiting! 🙂

  22. I was just wondering is your website run by you or by other people too? I like that you give other people an opportunity to be spotlighted on your blog.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is totally controlled by me, except for the people who give me technical support. No one else has access to the “operations.” That is deliberate because I want it to reflect those things only that I am concerned with and are my passion, experience and expertise so to speak. The Contributors are invited by me and they are friends, colleague and freelancers who I have either known for years, have worked with professionally and/or I have accessed their work and found that we share an interest in women empowerment. I do not consider myself the be all or know it all – so I encircle myself with those who appreciate the issues. Thanks for the question. Namaste

  23. November is symbolic friendships , charities and families thanks for sharing.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is and you are most welcome! Thanks for visiting again! 🙂

  24. What a great top 10! So much awesome in this post 🙂

  25. November is a great month to give to food banks. There is a high need year round for food.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Absolutely Tara and I remember you saying that you supported your local food bank last month. Namaste.

      1. Rosey

        We support ours too, and we support the church who supports the foodbanks too. The best gift is giving. 🙂

        1. Ms Claudette

          Amen to that Rosey! 🙂

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