Thoughts 4 Friday – What Are You Grateful For?

Thoughts 4 Friday – What Are You Grateful For?

Dec 2, 2011

Nothing, and I mean N-O-T-H-I-N-G in life is guaranteed. While some people recognize this, it seems many of us take so much for granted.

It is funny how the tangible (things) and intangible (people) in our lives are sometimes seen as permanent fixtures. As if they will always be there no matter what. This probably stems more from the fast pace of the life we live than from some selfish indifference for showing gratitude. While understandable, this is an area I seek to change and I hope you will think hard about this as well.

The world that we live in changes constantly. What we have today that seems like it will be forever can change in an instant. The very premise of great change should keep us acutely focused on showing our appreciation to those that make our lives better. For telling and more importantly showing those that make our lives better should be a cornerstone in our daily interaction. Leaving the question… what are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for many things, however, I don’t always do the best job of showing it. It is self actualization like I’m doing here that centers me and refocuses my efforts to express appreciation. Here are the 4 things I am MOST grateful for

  1. Family: In most cases, there is nothing we can count on more than our families. This is certainly true in my case. We argue, we fight, we engage, and we celebrate. That is what families do. As Danny Brown so eloquently wrote this week, my family is my foundation. I’m eternally grateful for them, more than words could ever express.
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  3. Friends: Admittedly I have few “Close Friends,” but for those I have I am blessed. I don’t let many people get close and I still don’t fully know why that is, however to have real friends who will selflessly do for you, and that you would selflessly do for is amazingly rewarding. True friends are as close to family as you can come. An added benefit is unlike family, you get to choose your friends! For that and for them I am grateful.
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  5. Ideas: Ideas make the world go round. Ideas stimulate my mind and inspire my soul. Perhaps a strange concept in which to express gratitude, I suggest that you consider life without ideas. It has been one brilliant idea after another that has made the world the wonderful place that it is today. I am grateful for every idea that enhances my life and the life of those I care about!
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  7. Health: I’ve heard the expression “if you have your health you have it all.” True? While perhaps some may suggest not, I’d say it is emphatically true. There isn’t an amount of money or things that I would trade for if it meant sacrificing my health. I’m thankful for the professionals who research and invent new and innovative means to improve our health and wellness. (Ideas) Our physical being is the center of our ability to live, to dream, to succeed. For my health and the health of those I love and care about I am grateful.

Life is far more fickle than most of us would care to admit. We need to take a bit more time to smell the roses, for we’re only guaranteed one shot at this! So in your world, do you know what you’re most grateful for?

16 comments
BruceSallan
BruceSallan

Without our health we have NOTHING. Steve Jobs death reminded me how precious life is as he seemed to have it all but couldn't stop his own premature death. And, then you read his biography and you realize this was one bizarre and probably not-so-happy man. So, creating our own good will and good works is our choice. Health is luck/genetics.

janetcallaway
janetcallaway

Dan, aloha. Great post--probably because I agree with you 100%. #4 is a topic that is far too often overlooked and, unfortunately, once you lose it, it takes time & money to get it back--if you ever do.

Some months ago, Samantha in NP, wrote a post posing the question of health or happiness; that post has 111 comments on it. Some of the answers astounded me. Dan, I instantly picked Health because each of us creates our own happiness. Also, I think it becomes far more challenging to be happy if you are truly unhealthy.

Dan, I am so glad that we connected and that we keep in touch in all the many places we do. Wishing you a Spectacular Sunday. Aloha. Janet

YouTernMark
YouTernMark

This is a great message, Dan. Family, friends, being creative and health would be 1 through 4 also. No. 5 on my list, as Brian discussed, is my work. I'm incredibly grateful for a career that keeps me energized, motivated and challenged -- and helps others, too. Thanks, Dan!

Marlene Blaszczyk
Marlene Blaszczyk

I also am grateful for the failures and challenges in my life. They taught me to be stronger, kinder, and wiser.

westfallonline
westfallonline

Always a great idea to stop and consider the people that make our world what it is. People make the difference: creating and sharing ideas and experiences that (like you) I don't always take time to acknowledge. Great message!

mindclings
mindclings

Wholeheartedly agree with your list - the one thing I would add is that I am grateful for my introduction to the personal and professional development world. More than 20 years ago, I picked up my first self-improvement book and I've been an addict ever since! Not only have the many authors, speakers and thought leaders provided me with greater insight and wisdom, but it has now become my business focus. I can't imagine where I'd be had I not read all those books, attended all those lectures and taken all those classes, but I'm glad I did. It has shaped my life and my career and made me a better businesswoman, wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend.For that, I am extremely grateful.

Thanks for the reminder to always be grateful!

dbvickery
dbvickery

I definitely concur with the list, Dan...and I'll throw my job in there, also. I love what I do. Interesting about what you describe with friends. I've felt the same way. I have the capacity to allow people close to me, but I have limited those close friendships. Part of it was consciously...I didn't want to have a lot of distractions while raising my kids. My wife and daughters will always be my top priority, and @kfvickery will always be my best friend and #1 confidante!

danielnewmanUV
danielnewmanUV moderator

@BruceSallan We have limited control of our health with the decisions we make. However, I think your comment about Jobs is interesting. Just further proves that "Things" may not be the key. Thanks Bruce.

danielnewmanUV
danielnewmanUV moderator

@janetcallaway It has certainly been great connecting! I'm only a little flustered that you are in Hawai'i and I'm stuck here in Chicago ;) - In all serious, health may be the most humbling thing of all. This is because it realistically doesn't care how smart or successful you are. Cheers!

danielnewmanUV
danielnewmanUV moderator

@YouTernMark Our careers are definitely something to be grateful for! Grateful for friends like you too ;)

danielnewmanUV
danielnewmanUV moderator

@mindclings I would put professional development on my list as well. I think it may fall under ideas? Not sure, but I love to invest in myself. "Sharpen the Sword"

Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to future interactions!

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