Week 13 – Thankful

What’s up Peeps!?

Gratitude… one of those buzzwords that has been done to death.  Or has it. Can we really be reminded too often to be grateful for the blessings in our lives?  The latest reminder for me came in the form of our Week 13 assignment.  Each day write 3 things you are grateful for on index cards. Mix them in with our accomplishment & characteristics cards… review them often.

This exercise initially feels mundane…hopefully we are all grateful for family, friends, home, health etc etc. the usual. Don’t get me wrong we should be grateful for these.  Even in this “land of plenty” there are multitudes that are without these blessings. I have a journal that inspires me to write 3 things I’m grateful for twice a day, once when I wake up and again before bed.  So I got past the easy ones pretty quickly.  This exercise has forced me to stop and think to myself “What else am I grateful for?”.

The exercise is inspiring me to stop and smell the proverbial roses, to think twice before allowing frustration and anger to set in. It is helping me to simplify and look for what is good and right.  It is teaching me that gratitude can be found when & where we least expect it. An example of this happened to me before leaving work yesterday for this much needed holiday break.

I stopped in the Building Management Office and simply said “Merry Christmas” to the lady in the office. I went on my way and didn’t think about it again. Later when checking work email I noticed that I received an email from her.  I opened it and discovered that she was thanking me for saying Merry Christmas.  She said that she was having a horrible day and that I made her smile.  She told me that she really appreciated my words.  WOW!

We never really know what the other person is going through.  We never really know what effect a simple act will have on a person or situation. I am grateful that I was able to brighten someone’s day, even though I wasn’t aware of the impact of my actions.   I now have 3 new cards to write.

  • Today I am also grateful for –
    • the good manners taught to me by my great grandmother
    • the ability to bring a bit of happiness to someone’s day
    • the lady in the office that made me realize our potential for impacting others.

As you enjoy the holiday season, remember to be thankful for the little things.  Little things sometime have a huge impact.

 

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