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Gratitude Tip: Size Matters

Posted by jeromefaraday on October 17, 2010

I’ve heard it said a lot, mainly by coaches and other leaders, that if you do the small things right, the bigger things tend to take care of themselves. Like all nuggets of wisdom, it has its exceptions, but generally I think it holds true. Now I want to apply it to gratitude.

Nothing is too small to be grateful for. In fact, sometimes the smallest things are those which we need to be the most grateful for because their ‘smallness’ is a sign of how blessed we truly are: housing, food, clean air and water, and even breathing. These aren’t small to people who lack them!

This week, I challenge you to be grateful in every moment. When you remember, look around you and come up with ten things to be thankful about right then and there. Right now, for example, I’m grateful for my computer, the music coming from my computer, home heating, a television, the toys in my house, the kid who plays with them, her health, the safety of my neighborhood, the autumn leaves falling on my lawn, and our collection of funny DVD’s.

Try it. You’ll feel better, more grateful, and closer to God.

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Gratitude Tip: Embrace the Unexpected

Posted by jeromefaraday on September 12, 2010

Each Sunday, this blog will include a practical tip for being grateful. Today’s is: embrace the unexpected.

Life throws a good number of blessings and challenges our way. Isn’t it amazing how we react? For most of us, our attitude towards the blessings is indifference (or a sense of entitlement to more), while most people fret and make themselves sick over the challenges.

What if we instead embrace the unexpected? What if we see a challenge as an opportunity for realignment, personal growth, or some other exciting new purpose? It’s not always easy, but I would encourage you this week to pay special attention to the challenges life sends you, even the small ones (slow driver in front of you, unexpected visitor, stubbed toe, and on and on) and figure out a way to be grateful for them.

Usually this will involve meeting the challenge and finding a way to turn it into something positive.

So, this week, write down the challenges in your gratitude journal. Down the line you’ll probably be adding more items to the list that relate to how you’ve transformed some aspect of your life because of the difficulties you embraced.

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