Gratitude

Everyone has a reason to be grateful.  Did I wake up today, Great, I am very thankful that I did.  I count that as my first success of the day.  If I take the time to make my bed, it is the second success of the morning.  Hot water in the shower and I am on to the trifecta.

Gratitude is nothing more than the things we know are not guaranteed, and so, every time they happen (whether they usually do or not,) I am happy they did.  I am grateful for my wife and my kids.  I am glad they are happy and healthy.  I am thankful that I have a passion for life, and I have something I can use to help others.

Many people keep a gratitude journal, and they write down what they are grateful to have and do.  I am starting one.  Although I am 67, I am a little late to the game.  I am just thankful that I made it here.

I encourage everyone to set aside a little time each day to think of what went well for them that day. And think of what they were able to do for someone else that may have made that person’s day.  It does not have to be a lifesaving feat or an outrageously generous payment.  The simple, little things often mean so much more.  Think about it.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Thank Goodness

I am so thankful for our weather today. Pure blue sunny skies and temperatures that promise over 36 degrees this afternoon. Beautiful days are not the only thing to be grateful for, I am thankful for much, and as we leave this year, we should take time to think of the things we are grateful for having.

I reminded a coworker today that I am glad that there are Mondays.  He asked me why, and  I explained to him that if there are no  Mondays, there would be no Fridays.  He did get the idea.

Yesterday, I was looking for rugs for my office. I went through a pile of rugs on sale at a local store.  I was looking for something that would fit the decor and still be within a limited budget.  I found a carpet and it did not have a price on it.  I started to walk around the store, seeking a place I could get a price scan.  I finally found one the next floor up.

The scan showed the rug to be over $200. It was too expensive.  I could have left the item at the cash register, except I had brought it up and I felt that I should take it back.  As I turned the corner into the aisle with the rugs, I saw something on the floor.  It was my cell phone.

When I was looking at the different area rugs, it had fallen out of my coat pocket.  I was so glad at that moment I had returned the carpet to where it belonged.  I would never have known where my cellphone was if I had not.

Deeds are what we make of them.  Do your best, and somehow that best will be returned in higher ways that we can hardly imagine.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Gratitude

This is a week of giving where I live. It is good to give.  Along with giving to others, we should also give something to ourselves.  Money turns out to often be a negative incentive. So, I would like to suggest something different.  I would recommend remembering and listing what you are grateful for having received.

Gratitude is often defined as thankfulness for the things we have.  Some will have more, and some will have less, yet everyone has something to be grateful for having or knowing or feeling. We have the freedom that was given to us because of the work of others. We have known someone and enjoy their company; and all the other positive things that have happened within our lives.

Gratitude is a positive emotion. It makes us feel better. We are happier when we think of the things we’re grateful to have had, and it inspires us to go out and do good ourselves. Gratitude for what we have also makes us want to share what we have with others. And again, there are great rewards for this, including joy.

I am not saying you should give away the farm. I believe that sharing some of what you have with somebody else helps everyone to feel better. Personally, I believe it also inspires another option. Hope.

As we begin the last few weeks of the year, with all the celebrations that various cultures have, I think it is helpful to remember the positives and share the good feelings.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you tomorrow.