This is an update/repeat of last year’s blog. I’m very grateful that so much of it remains true this year.
Several years ago, Cathy and I were conducting a workshop with another trainer, Allison. Whenever we work with someone else, we always ground our energy with a Clarity Daily Check-in before we begin. Allison had brought her 11-year old son, Jack, with her, so he participated in the check-in as well. Our check-in process always includes expressions of what we are grateful for. Normally, in the interest of time, we usually say only one thing.
A couple of months later, Allison called and said that Jack had an improvement to our process. He had been doing the check-in every day since we met. It had helped him stay present during his day at school. However, he found it much more powerful when he expressed at least 5 things he was grateful for. “Mom, everyone has 5 things they are grateful for.” So, he wanted his mother to tell us to change our process and never say less than 5 gratitudes each time. We’ve added Jack’s Rule – always say 5 gratitudes.
Jack, I’m grateful to you for improving our process and giving me an idea for what may be an annual Thanksgiving blog.
I am grateful:
Willie Nelson is still creating great music and wise philosophy at 81.
Bob Segar released a new album, finally.
For the energetic uptick I gained from avoiding all daily news.
Cathy’s wrist is fully healed and functional from the accident in July.
Cathy talked me into buying a fun-to-drive VW Beetle R, which I named my Portia.
For my sweet granddaughters, Riley and Elaina; and that they love visiting their Grandpa.
That the game of Monopoly brings out their personalities in fun-to-watch ways.
For our handyman, Buddy; when we need a man who can actually do things around the house, we can call Buddy.
My son, Cory, is a true example of father and husband.
My daughter-in-law, Allison, is a true example of mother and wife.
I am married to Cathy. She warms my heart with love and positive presence every day.
When I married Cathy, I also married a business – Clarity – that gives me a purpose and a way to be a contribution to the world.
For the success of our SHIFT workshop on the power of positive thinking. Leaders are using the tools to develop more effective teams and cultures by creating a peak experience in the workplace. (I’m also grateful for another opportunity to sneak in a little marketing.)
What a rush of gratitude energy! I could go on and on (you may be grateful that I’m limiting myself to under 500 words).
What are you grateful for today? Remember Jack’s Rule and express at least five. Send me your list. I would love to see it.