Last year I saw the interview of Tony Robbins with Alice Herz-Sommer. She was 108 years at the time and still practicing her piano three hours a day. A holocaust survivor, who says the main reason for being able to survive was seeing the beauty in everything.
What an amazing woman, what an inspiring story.
Be grateful (for) every day
Whenever I hear ‘grateful’, I have to think about the word gracious because of the alliteration. And I like the meaning of gracious a lot. In my mind I see a comely dancer, but gracious also means merciful or clement. Beautiful, isn’t it?
In Intentionally happy I told you about the intention I make daily. Another summary I write down on a daily basis are all the things I am grateful for. As with everything new this was harder in the beginning then it is nowadays. It used to cost me a lot of energy to think of even one thing I was grateful for. Now a list of three to five items is an easy job to write down at the end of the day.
My communication style is controller. I like to go from A to B in a straight line and move on after I get there. Resulting in being way too brusque for some people and unintentionally hurting them.
Telling others I am grateful they are in my life and inspiring me is something I must keep reminding myself to do.
It’s worth the effort.
Giving others a compliment or offering them a small token of my appreciation is giving them a good feeling, but as you can imagine, it’s making me feel good as well. How’s that for hitting two nails with one hammer!
I always like to see it as a chain reaction as well. If I am making someone else happy with a compliment, I have this mental picture of them returning the favor to another person. Can you imagine what this would mean for the world if this became an endless loop?
Inspiration comes in many forms
My source for this daily dose of gratitude is my friend Klaartje. She writes a lot about gratefulness and talks with me about it. In a way this blogpost is my compliment to her for her efforts of making me aware of the power of thankfulness. Get inspired too on her Facebookpage – and while you are there, like the page as well 🙂
In a lot of religions it’s customary to say grace, but if you are not religious like me, do you still make it a habit to be thankful on a regular basis? Let us know in the commentbox below.