Gratitude in a Taxi!

I had a miraculous taxi ride in Portland this week.  The taxi driver and I had an enlightening discussion about simplicity.  This gentleman has 4 children, a wife, a mortgage and drives taxi for a living.  He scrimps and saves however he is dedicated to his family time.  When his work is done, he is done.  He does home and helps to parent the children.  He said he doesn’t have much extra but his children have what they need in the way of material goods and above all else, they have his time.  He doesn’t miss family functions and was positively content with his schedule.

He said that he would have plenty of time post-children to save money and travel.  This is one of his passions however he enjoys living vicariously through the stories of all of his taxi cab passengers.

This was a fabulous reminder regarding gratitude.  The gratitude in the simple things.  A smile, a giggle, a fabulous sunset or the cheerful greeting from my puppy.  I forget to savor some of these moments.

I hope you will find a few moments to savor with each day.  Gratitude is all around us!

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Mother’s Day Love

Mother’s Day.
What an interesting celebration. Isn’t everyday mother’s day? Doesn’t it apply to both men and women? The nurturing safety of a hug or a kind word when you need it most? I do realize men are at a disadvantage in that they cannot give birth however there is much mothering to be done after birth.

I spent my mother’s day trying to help coordinate an hour visit with a very dear friend and her daughter in our local airport. If you have seen “Up In The Air” you know the one. My friend’s daughter left for work in January and the 2 of them have been apart for the last 5 months….a VERY long time. Our daughter’s are best friends which makes this story even sweeter.

I was honored to help connect mother and daughter. However, we had company….dad, sister and other friends. It was a fast meeting and the entourage in the airport was entertaining.

I think about all of the families separated from loved one’s during Mother’s Day and other holidays. The space leaves an empty spot that can only be filled with love. The love of friends, family and those closest to us.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, a joyous Mother’s Day and most of all – I hope you remember to love and be thankful for the love of other.

Have a GREAT Week!

Working In Gratitude!

This past week I have had the honor of meeting some new people.  I travelled and that usually presents new opportunities and new acquaintances.  This trip was no exception.  What was different was that I was able to learn a lot of new stuff about areas outside of my usual work.  I found this invigorating.  It allowed me to look for new ways to contribute to situations.  I have been in my work role for a while and it is a challenge to stay on the cutting edge of things, continually innovate and rise to the next level.  My experiences of the last week help me to look at this area.  This was a blessing on so many fronts.  I am feeling renewed, inspired and ready to change the world…at least my small piece of it. 

I also cultivated gratitude for the opportunity that my work affords me.  I cannot think of another company that would bring so much life and energy to my role.  I am indeed blessed on many levels.  I know that my travels will lead me to a new place – not just in terms of geography.  I am thankful for my renewed sense of determination and I can’t wait to see what the next few months bring.  I hope the world is ready.

My challenge to you would be; what opportunities are you ignoring?  Are there things you could be doing better?  What may appear obvious may change if you look at it with a different focus.  Think outside of yourself.  Who else are you impacting?  What matters to them?  These answers may surprise you and I am hopeful they might also change your course.