Thank You

April 28, 2014 at 7:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thank you is two simple words but they can say so much and can have such a huge impact in our lives. The ability to be grateful for family or friends, what someone does, things we have, our opportunities, our challenges, the sun rising, or anything big or small can positively inspire our thoughts and actions.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”Melody Beattie

How many times have you heard the words thank you being spoken? My guess is lots, most probably each and every day. Sometimes we are prompted to say them, when other times they come flying out of our mouths with enthusiasm. Each time we think, say or demonstrate gratitude through our actions, we release positive ripples for others and ourselves.

The attitude that we walk around with each day, taking into all of our interactions with self, others and the world around us affects the quality of our experiences. It is a choice as to whether that attitude is positively or negatively affecting our lives. We are the only one who can make that choice for ourselves.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”- Maya Angelou

Being thankful seems quite simple. But why do we sometimes forget or find it difficult to say thanks or be thankful? Like any other part of our lives it takes practice and making it a part of our everyday thoughts, words and actions. If you wanted to be able to speak another language, or improve at your favourite sport or musical instrument, you need to make the choice to make that happen. These choices start with small changes but can see amazing results.

“Small changes can make huge destination differences.”- Sean Covey

So what sort of changes are we talking about? There are many examples of projects that have done exactly this, bringing being thankful into the everyday that have seen incredible results. One that has caught my eye over the past few years is ‘365 grateful’. Hailey, who started this project loves photography and after experiencing some challenges in her own life decided to focus her thoughts, words and actions on what she could be grateful for.

When we focus our energy, attention and attitude on all that we do have, rather than worrying about what we don’t, we deepen our connection to self, others and the world around us. This allows us to alter our perspective on certain things and assists in the journey of potential that we are all on.

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” – The Hausa of Nigeria

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