Be Thankful!

Sometimes I get so caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle I forget to say thank you, to be thankful. It’s so easy to miss that one little thing sometimes. But what a difference it makes when you remember!

I had an issue at work recently where a co-worker went out of her way to make sure my customer got that little extra bit of service which turns a potentially heated situation into a much more friendly atmosphere that actually included a smile from the customer.

After it was all said and done I stopped by the office and made sure to say thank you, my co-worker said that she was just doing her job. I let her know that it was much more than that and that I truly appreciated the extra effort. She stared at me like I had 3 heads! She couldn’t believe that somebody had actually taken the time to acknowledge the extra effort which is the norm for her.

How sad…nobody else in my office has ever taken the time to sincerely thank this wonderful lady for her hard work and dedication.

I am not telling you this to pat myself on the back, I am saying this more to remind myself to be thankful more in my own life.

It is so easy to think about and worry over what we don’t have and what we want than it is to be thankful for the blessings we have been given.

Og Mandino says ““Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.”

I think he has it right, when we stop looking only at the have not list and start looking more at the have list in our lives do we begin to realize just how lucky we are.
I know that is the case in my life, I have two beautiful children that are growing up to be wonderful men; I have an awesome loving wife that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world; I have an amazing brain; wonderful family; good friends and a fire in my belly to squeeze every drop of life I can while I am still on this mortal coil.

I think the trick to a happier life is to think about all of my blessings whenever I start to get down or worried about what the future might bring, whenever things look bleak or whenever I am not sure what direction to go.

So what are you thinking about most? How often do you stop and just say a mental Thank You to God for everything he has given you?

Until Next Time…
Eric

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