Being Grateful   1 comment

Sometimes in life it is so easy to focus on what we do not have versus acknowledging what we do have.  As we go through our day and have a variety of experiences, we can go down a path of wishing for something more.  This path is one that contains thoughts of scarcity instead of recognizing the abundance around us and in our lives.  While we should always be striving to move forward and having goals and items to obtain helps us make that forward movement, we can easily forget to take opportunities to celebrate what we have already achieved or have been given in life.  I think that is why the old adage, “Take time to stop and smell the roses,” came into existence.

I think that this is a problem not only for individuals but for many organizations.  In an organization’s constant quest for improvement and success, the organization easily can have a mindset of scarcity instead of abundance.  Everyone gets focused on what the organization does not have in resources and opportunities, instead of realizing all that the organization already has and using it to further the goals and objectives of the organization.  When this occurs, the organization can become paralyzed and will quickly focus inwardly in a protection mode.  These truths apply to individuals as well.

So today, I encourage everyone to focus on the abundance in your life.  Take inventory of all the wonderful people, experiences, opportunities that you have already received.  Be grateful for the wonderful aspects of your life.  Commit yourself to build upon these reasons for gratitude.


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  1. Daughter Kathleen, a professional mindfulness coach among many other things, simplifies mindfulness as living in the present, only, nonjudgmentally. Living in the present is much easier with a default attitude of gratefulness, and that helps keep thoughts of the past and worries about the future pushed aside.

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