Learning to Express Gratitude 365 Days a Year (Sometimes 366)

In today’s post, we’ll explore the importance of being grateful every day. While this isn’t as easy of a task as it sounds, the benefits are worth it — both for yourself and the people you “choose” to share/express that gratitude with.

It’s been said that your current situation is a reflection of your inner dialogue, your choices, etc. You and you alone are responsible for your life. While there are exceptions, for the most part, own it — and if needed, do better. Since nobody’s perfect we could all stand to do better.

That said, after grabbing a copy of “Make Miracles Happen in 40 days” by Melody Beattie on Audible, I recently began a ritual of starting the day by expressing genuine gratitude. What I liked best is how she mentioned that we should be grateful for all things, both good and bad. Life isn’t always “shits and giggles,” pardon my French… but we get to choose how we react.

It’s easy to be grateful for the highlights, not so much for the trials which can teach us lessons. If you’re not ready to express gratitude for those, don’t do it superficially. Work at it and wait until you are.

Below I’ve shared a few words that I’ve saved over the past few years which explore the concept of “it’s not what you look at, it’s what you see.”

Until next time.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A farmer’s horse ran away, and his neighbor, feeling sorry for him, said to the farmer: “I am sorry that such as bad thing happened to you.” The farmer replied, “Don’t be, for who knows what is good or bad.” The next day, the horse came back, bringing with it a herd of wild horses that it had befriended. The neighbor said to the farmer, “I congratulate you on your good fortune!” The farmer replied, “Don’t, for who knows what is good or bad.” The next day, the farmer’s son tried to mount one of the wild horses and fell, breaking his leg. Again, the neighbor said to the farmer, “I am sorry that such as bad thing happened to you.” The farmer replied, “Don’t be, for who knows what is good or bad.” The next day soldiers came by to recruit for the army, but the farmer’s son was exempted because of his broken leg.


At the moment when you recognize the gains you got from the loss, you will see that the loss was really a blessing, and that loss does not exist.


Even an action as small as a smile or good service can cause the establishment of a relationship and the opening of doors that you never thought possible.


“Failure,” when used without fear as a learning process, is what eliminates weakness and builds strength in thought and character.


Do not resist what happens along the way. Keep your vision high and steadfast, and think, speak, and act according to your vision.


Live deliberately.


Love yourself, your customers, your world, your family, everyone and everything.


Namaste, the light in me honors the light in you.

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