Sunday, February 7, 2016

FEELING GRATITUDE: Enjoying this Month of Love (February)...

This month's blog is a repeat of last February's which was very well received...

To me, THE best way to maintain a Positive Mindset is to FEEL and ACT UPON GRATITUDE... It's February and Valentine's Day is just a week away - why not use this month to develop a daily Gratitude Habit? Think about the effect a daily Gratitude session will have on your life and the lives of those you touch. Here are a few ways to do so:

Feeling Gratitude: here are two excellent tools:
·         Victory Log: On paper or in a Word Document, write down every good thing that you have ever achieved and every great thing that has ever happened to you from your childhood till now. You can categorize them by topics such as school, relationships, sports, arts, work, positive traits, talents, travels, etc. Your list will be long. Next time you are feeling down on yourself, READ IT... Then make a habit of reading it often.
·         Gratitude Journal: Every day, write down a few things you are grateful for and then take the time to feel the gratitude. Read it daily. This one thing alone will make your life more positive...

Showing Gratitude: here are some ways to do so - there is NO BETTER FEELING than doing so:
·         Make every day "Catch Someone Doing Good Day" by looking for reasons to congratulate and/or compliment people and then doing so.
·         Smile at people you see - appreciate life.
·         Make a phone call and/or send a card or letter just to show your appreciation for the recipient.
·         Volunteer for a good cause.

Og Mandino is one of my favorite inspirational authors. He was also a motivational speaker who I listen to often while driving (Audible.com is a great place to get his materials). He overcame major problems in his own life and resulting in a wonderful way of putting life's seemingly rough experiences into positive perspective. I leave you this month with a couple of Og's quotes and a poem that he recites (author unknown):

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”

“Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.”

"Forgive Me When I Whine”
"Today upon a bus I saw a lovely maiden with golden hair;
I envied her—so beautiful, and how, I wished I were so fair;
When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle;
She had one foot and wore a crutch,
but as she passed, she wore a smile
Oh God, forgive me when I whine,
I have two feet –the world is mine

And when I stopped to buy some sweets,
the lad who served me had such charm;
he seemed to radiate good cheer, his manner was so kind and warm;
I said, “it’s nice to deal with you, such courtesy I seldom find;”
He turned and said, “Oh, thank you sir.”
And then I saw that he was blind.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine,
I have two eyes, the world is mine

Then when walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue;
He stood and watched the others play,
it seemed he knew not what to do;
I stopped a moment, then I said,
“Why don’t you join the others, dear?
He looked ahead without a word,
I realized –he could not hear.
Oh God, forgive me when I whine,
I have two ears, the world is mine

With feet to take me where I’d go,
with eyes to see the sunsets glow,
with ears to hear what I would know,
I am blessed indeed.
The world is mine Oh God, forgive me when I whine."

May you Feel and Show Gratitude and enjoy this Month of Love...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Develop a daily habit of feeling and acting upon your Gratitude...

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Chip, the Happiness and Success GPS, is a speaker, trainer, facilitator, consultant and NETWORKING EXPERT. Everything I do is customized for the group or business I that am working with so let's brainstorm - call me anytime at 860-673-4006 - coffee's on me!

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2 comments:

  1. Still a great post, Chip. Definitely worth reading again this year.

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