Posts Tagged ‘gratitude’
Have you ever had a friend suggest a self-help book or fitness DVD or motivation CD? I have, and on the flip side, do in return all the time.
Have you ever taken one of these friends up on their advice as a person you trust, only to find that the book or DVD or CD didn’t really work for you? Okay, first I should ask if you went into the book or DVD or CD with the full intention of following the programs as directed, but assuming you did not cheat the system, the system just failed you?
Don’t worry. Chances are, your friend’s life wasn’t totally transformed by every word read or spoken, or move mimicked. But something in that self-help book or fitness DVD or motivation CD did make a spark that did light a fire in their hearts and minds.
Don’t dismiss the package and don’t feel like you have to avoid friends that are offering up suggestions for your well-being with the best of intentions, and you know which ones do have your best intentions at heart. Find something in the material that you can use to grow on, and thank your friend for introducing it to you. Then, make sure you do use it to grow on.
On this day before the Thanksgiving holiday (at least in the U.S.), if you feel like you are not receiving the gratitude that you deserve, then you should do something about it.
Make sure you receive the next best thing, the feeling of warmth you get instantly when you send out thanks those that you know deserve it.
Let me start by saying thanks to all of you.
Everyday, when you wake up, you should say a little prayer of thanks that you have been given the option of getting one more day closer to another birthday. Feel free to say your prayer to whatever God/prophet/inanimate object you choose. That is strictly between you and your God/prophet/inanimate object.
You can follow up your prayer by living your life to the fullest, knowing you are not promised another day in advance. You can follow up your prayer by working to get closer to your plan.
If you choose to spend the next 24 hours just existing, living your life as if today is just another day, just like the one you had yesterday and the one you expect to have tomorrow . . . I will hunt you down and smack you across the face.
I’ve got enough the airline miles to do it.
Learn to treat every new day as a treat, with the goal of making your life marginally better than it was the day before (you can also set your own margin), working yourself one day closer to a goal of . . . something.