The Gift of Gratitude

May 31st, 2010 by | Print


With today being Memorial Day, it got me thinking about the gift of gratitude. Not just for those whom have given their lives in the service of our nation, but thanks in general.

Before I move on with the point of this post, I do want to say thank you to our armed forces and those whom have given their lives. Without you, we wouldn’t be as strong of a nation as we are today with the opportunity to do as much good as we do. So, please accept my humble appreciation.

Gratitude is an excellent gift because it gives to everyone involved – the person that is grateful and the person or persons that they are thanking.

Being grateful is a powerful state of mind. It alters your thoughts and your actions in a multitude of positive ways.

Hopefully, you’ll take a moment and think about the other people in your personal and professional lives whom have given you their support, their insight, and their giving, resulting in all of the positive attributes in your life today.

Is there a family member or friend that has helped you along the way? When was the last time you sent a simple, spontaneous note to acknowledge and thank them?

Are you in business with a partner or do you have employees? Would your business be as successful as it is today if they weren’t helping you with your vision? When was the last time you showed your appreciation?

What about your customers? When was the last time you thanked them for trusting you with their business? What about your vendors? Have any given you service greater than simply filling an order? They deserve a thank you, too.

For those that are truly grateful and express it genuinely with spontaneity, you will experience greater support, greater insight and greater giving from those around you. You will experience greater fulfillment and a sense of joy in who you are and what you do.

So in between the hamburgers, hot dogs, deals at the mall, war movie marathons or whatever else you are doing to enjoy this day (and I hope you are enjoying it), take a moment and think of the people that help to make your life what it is. Send them a note, give them a call, reach out and give them thanks … they deserve it. And in return, I bet you will have a happier day.

Before I go, I want to thank you for continuing to support The Solopreneur’s Guide. I appreciate you signing in your email, reading my posts, leaving your comments and checking out my new site, Small Biz Break. Happy Memorial Day.

All the Best,

Doug Dolan
The Solopreneur’s Guide
Small Biz Break


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