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Good day in gratitude!
As I begin my 3rd day of gratitude acts I have noticed a shift in creativity. It is a welcome outlet and one that will surely take me on an interesting journey.
I had 2 actions that were based in gratitude. The first included painting and the second was a nice conversation with the clerk at the grocery store.
Have you ever been in a place and just sensed that people wanted to talk to you? Well that happened to me yesterday as I checked out at the grocery store. This lovely young girl was eager to chat. I decided to stop and take the time to visit with her. We had a nice discussion. She wanted to talk about her holiday activities. The conversation warmed my heart and I was happy to listen. Have you ever thought about how much or how little we listen? When someone is talking to you are you really tuned in?

Be Present. It is the best gift you can give someone.  As this clerk shared her story with me I could see the joy rise in her and I was honored to listen.  The gift of youth is excitement and energy.  What a blessing.
Regarding my painting. It is a nice outlet for creativity and there is nothing you paint that can’t be fixed. Well so far…I will keep you posted.
I hope the recipient of this painting will feel the joy that I placed in it.

Both of these activities brought joy to my heart and opened my soul to possibilities. It was a great way to start the New Year. I wait with anticipation to see what each day will bring.

Have you done something in gratitude?
One small step – a world of possibilities.

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Beyond the Gobble?

Has your kitchen recovered from the Thanksgiving festivities?

I had a wonderful season of thanks and am challenging everyone I know to keep the spirit going all year-long.  I was honored to speak on the topic of gratitude during a community service on Thanksgiving Eve.  I was humbled with the opportunity and the setting.  I have always considered it an awesome job to share a vision with others.  When you are in a place of influence it is an awesome responsibility.  It reminds me of parenting.  There is no greater influence – than the parent – child influence.  This holds true even in religion and the relationship between God and Jesus.  Isn’t this the cornerstone of the bible?

When we think about gratitude and the impact available to us, gratitude can be the most powerful tool in your leadership toolbox.  Gratitude can turn around the most dire of situations and attitudes.  It can take doubt and turn it in to optimism, it can take a downtrodden heart and reveal sunlight and hope.  

Gratitude is more than an annual ritual performed before diving into the Thanksgiving meal. It’s more than a holiday decorations, more than a clever saying that rhymes with “attitude.” Of all the human emotions, gratitude is the most powerful. So powerful is gratitude, it can obliterate fear, hopelessness and doubt. Gratitude can heal a broken heart, slow the aging process and restore broken relationships. Gratitude creates hope and hope brings joy. It is in joy, not fear, that we find strength.

If I could bottle this and put it on a shelf, can you imagine the elixir I would create?  It would make a fortune.

I am grateful for the time, energy and ability to share my passion for gratitude. 

Lastly, I am grateful for my family.  My parents came to my home for turkey and it was so much fun to have them in the house.  They were a huge help and I realized just how very much I have missed them.  I felt a great circle of love between my parents, my husband and children.  I can’t leave out my puppy too.  I am hopeful that we will all march in to each day and be a blessing to everyone we meet.

Go in Gratitude!

Lights, Cameras & Thanks

Recently I had the opportunity to talk about my book on national TV:

http://www.wgntv.com/news/middaynews/middayfix/wgntv-mdf-aprilkelly-071309,0,4815451.story

I was in the WGN studios and the noon day segment is televised nationally. It was an amazing moment. Lights, camera and talk. I was enamored with the setting and the show host was a delight.
Conversation flowed and the possibility of my book was no longer a dream but a REALITY.

As I exited the set I thought about all of the coordination going on to make the telecast flow flawlessly.

I was humbled and honored. I was also impressed with the teamwork and attitude surrounding me.

It was another defining moment in my quest for gratitude. I was hopeful that my message would be well received and that someone in TV-land would have an “Ah-Ha” moment that made them sit up and say “what a great idea.”

It is the gift of sharing that makes all of this worthwhile.
It is not about fame or fortune – it is the hope that one small book with one idea may touch the lives of another person. What an awesome cause.

Residual Impact

Do you remember the gifts you received on your last birthday? 

How about the last handwritten letter you received in the mail?

Both of these questions may stir up the same response of uncertainty. Which one will you remember first? Do you still have yearbooks from your school days? Are there nice notes in the yearbook?

When we think about ways to express gratitude, the written word can become the most memorable and useful tool you have.   Remember one of the strongest legacies left behind by President Ronald Reagan are his famous letters to his wife, Nancy. 

The depth of feeling and expression in the written word is powerful.  When you are searching for the perfect expression of gratitude, I would like to recommend writing. 

This could take the form of a thank you note, a letter, a poem, a short story, a haiku, the possibilities are endless.  Add a special piece of paper and you have a truly unique gift.

Don’t wait for the perfect words to enter your mind.  As long as the words come from you, they will be perfect.  

 

Go forth in gratitude.