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The Attitude of Gratitude

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.  The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

Zig Ziglar

Hello Motivation Seekers, how has your week been?  I hope you’re not feeling too stressed and overwhelmed during this busy season.  We always tend to get into panic mode at this time with that feeling of so much to do and so little time to do it.  Remember, Christmas Day is just one day and it won’t matter if we don’t get absolutely everything done beforehand.  Being with family is what it’s all about and if we have that, we have everything, nothing else matters.

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately.  Partly, because in the U.S., they have just had Thanksgiving and that always makes me stop and think about what I have to be thankful for.  It’s especially relevant this year though, as Martin & I are about to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  Just in case you’re wondering, we were just children when we married!

It’s made me stop and think so much about how we were when we started out, how we are now and what’s happened in between.  I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful that I am still married and in love.  I married someone who understands me, makes allowances for me, is there for me, and most importantly always makes me laugh.  There’s not many days where I don’t crack up about something he says or does.  That’s not to say we haven’t had our dramas, there have been days when we haven’t loved each other too much and usually those days are when we don’t love ourselves too much.  We’ve made it to 50 years though and it feels like a real achievement.

It has made me realise that we are often so focused on what is wrong in our lives, we don’t take the time to take stock of all the things that are right.  Doing that is a brilliant way to get the attitude of gratitude.  As our quote mentions, the more we are grateful, the more we have to be grateful about. Acknowledging the good in our lives and sharing that with others just grows and expands your gratitude.

So, here I am, sharing with you that I am incredibly grateful for my parents, my siblings, my wonderful husband, my incredibly fabulous sons, my fantastic grandchildren, clients I have worked with, and am working with,  friends whose company I enjoy, being a coach, having an interesting accountancy career, having a personal trainer who keeps me fit AND makes me laugh, feeling happy, having an interesting life, two eyes that work, two legs that can dance.  I could go on and on, life is good, there is so much to be thankful for.

Have a go at doing that this week.  Share the things you are grateful for with others.  You can share them on my Facebook page, let’s all have a week with plenty of attitude of gratitude.  Have a brilliant and happy week.