What are we thankful for? Out of everyone’s mouth come the ‘standard’ answers of health, family and friends. Sometimes we think even deeper and we will talk about those who have done something for us, we may talk about a teacher or mentor, or we may have an extraordinary experience that has fundamentally changed who we are. Have you had one of those experiences, where you see or have an experience that makes you think differently? Maybe you or someone you love came close to death, or your touched by a story you hear or see that calls you to a different action than your normal activity.
This morning I received an email from an individual whom I have studied his work for a short time, Gary Ryan Blair. He suggest that we practice gratitude. Now that by itself is not a new thought, as I have mentioned previously, starting each day off with the question, What am I grateful for? is a great way to start your day on a positive note. But Mr. Blair suggest these ways of practicing gratitude and giving thanks for being alive is:
Accept 100% responsibility for your life Behave like a gentleman and lady, Commit your life to excellence, Deliver exceptional results, Exceed expectations, Focus on solutions, Gracefully age, Honor your commitments, Inspire through your actions, Joyfully embrace each day, Keep your promises, Leave a lasting legacy, Model best practices, Necessitate high, uniform, ethical standards, Open your mind to new ideas, Passionately pursue your dreams, Quickly solve problems, Reciprocate and pay it forward, Showcase your talents, Talk lovingly, Undertake challenging tasks, Vote and defend democracy, Welcome and embrace change, Zealously do what is right, good and noble.
As you look at these suggestions think of gratitude as an action item and not a passive statement. If you are not sure, check out those that have less than, and who seem to find a way to make a difference and to use what they have to benefit others. Then Practice Gratefulness.