As the calendar turned to November, I began to reflect on the blessings in my life and to tweet a daily note of thanksgiving (#MonthofThanks). This practice challenged me to think about the power of gratitude in my life.
Thoughts about my blessings centered on family, our country, Andesa, education and God. But what transformed this exercise of thanksgiving to one of insight for me was a profound realization.
Typically, gratitude is an expression of thankfulness for blessings in our past or present. However, I discovered it also provides the power for positivity for our future. My expression of appreciation for life’s blessings ignited an attitude of gratitude, but the power of gratitude to impact my attitude toward the future was an undiscovered gift.
Let’s face it; fear of the unknown brings worry and anxiety to our lives. Many life scenarios, whether business-related or personal, create stress as well as changes to our sleep patterns and blood pressure. Many of us dislike change and suffer angst and apprehension by the simple thought of something different in our routine, preparing a presentation or conducting a difficult meeting or conversation. Yet, often, when we look back, we do so with a positive reflection of an obstacle overcome, some new lesson learned or personal growth that prepared us for the next phase of our life journey.
Gratitude is an expression of thankfulness for blessings in our past or present AND provides the power for positivity in our future.
Two quotes attributed to legendary salesman and motivational guru, Zig Ziglar, emphasize this point. “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” He also noted that: “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” In this time of Thanksgiving, I encourage each of us to reflect upon that for which we are thankful. The likely effect will not only be an attitude of gratitude, but a shift in our perspective that will positively impact our future outlook.
Gratitude simply crowds out other emotions. When one feels thankful, it is difficult for anger, apprehension or fear to enter. As I reflected with a grateful heart on the current state of my life, the many people who have impacted my life journey, the lessons learned and the experiences shared; my perspective on the future shifted to one of hope and my attitude followed. Instead of just an attitude of gratitude, gratitude had profoundly impacted my outlook to one of positive hope for the future.
I recognize that my blog is typically read by Andesa’s clients and employees. Therefore, I extend a special appreciation for your confidence in and loyalty to Andesa. There is nothing in our future that we cannot overcome by working together. I am so grateful for your connection and contribution to our journey. Please enjoy your family and friends this holiday season.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!