Gratitude isn’t a common habit, but without gratitude, life is more challenging than it needs to be. Feeling grateful resets your perspective, and this is a gift you can give yourself each day. If you find yourself feeling pessimistic or overwhelmed, a little gratitude can get your attitude back on the right track.
Notably, July of each year is first remembered and celebrated for our American Independence Day … the 4th ! And appropriately so as freedom and our ability to express it was embodied in that revolutionary and inspired document … The Declaration of Independence.
Let’s make the month of July our ongoing tribute to the most deserving beneficiaries of our gratitude.
In this issue of the Grateful Buzz we’ ll express our gratitude and thankfulness, first to our country’s Founders and then more expansively to those who have continued to defend our freedom and deliver comfort in our moments of need. Specifically, our gratitude extends to the military, first responders, spiritual leaders, mentors, coaches and of course our parents.
GRATITUDE FOR OUR MILITARY…
…and our rough men and women do not seek violence, only to protect us from harm. Their diligence and their mission has been not only the safety of all Americans, but in large measure the liberation of many worldwide.
Gratitude may be expressed in many ways for their heroic efforts. Perhaps two express he gratefulness genuinely felt by our fellow Americans as well as those who have benefited from our international efforts to initiate, ensure and maintain freedom and comfort for mankind.
The first is our Flag expressed in flowers over 6.65 acres near Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. The original was planted in 1942 as a salute in gratitude for the men and women fighting World War II. Since then, the 740 feet long x 390 feet wide Flag has been replanted … most recently as a tribute to the victims of the September 11 attack. Click here to learn more.
GRATITUDE FOR OUR MILITARY
We said there are two expressions of gratitude for our military … the second being from those of the international community for whom our military has delivered freedom. It cannot be said more plainly or with more genuine emotion than this tribute at the American cemetery on the shores of the liberating D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches in France.
During this and every month of July be sure to set aside time to thank our heroes. Thank them in person, on the phone, or in a card, A First Responder is any individual who runs toward an event rather than away. That’s the comprehensive definition of a first responder as rendered by the U.S. First Responders Association.
We often take for granted that should we need to call, an expert professional will be on the other end of the line, standing at the ready to dispatch police officers or get firemen and paramedics jumping in their vehicles and racing to the scene of our threat. The job of a first responder is dangerous, and new names of the fallen are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., every year.
We celebrate our July Month of Gratitude with the quiet comfort that our first responders are trained and ready to protect and rescue us. Let’s all take a moment to say thank you. So what are likely examples of first responders that leap to mind?
Let’s guess at a half-dozen likely candidates …
All true, but what about those who deserve gratitude as first responders to our spiritual, professional and emotional well-being. Here’s where many of us overlook the most obvious objects of our appreciation and gratitude. Note: Kim’s epiphany concluded that most employers pay attention to employees when something goes wrong. Likewise, most people don’t treat their friends, colleagues or even family members to a message of gratitude when something has gone well.
Some examples … and you will likely add more …
Spiritual Leaders: As related by Kim, some soul-searching and the help of her pastor, propelled her to her mission to transform her life and that of others - The Grateful Box.
Parents: You, and all of us, have our very personal stories for how our lives have been influenced and many times molded by our parents.
Mentors/Coaches: Wow! There’s plenty to comment on based on the friends, educators, spouses/significant others, bosses, athletic coaches and inspirational motivators who have guided and influenced your life journey.
Again, you will have more to add to the list … and the important thing is not just to list them … but to recognize and express your gratitude for their gifts to your growth.
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Grateful for Mother’s this Mother’s Day
While there is one day a year that is designated to celebrating our mother’s, we should be grateful for them every day.
The way you got here is not as important as the fact that you are here because someone chose to have you. You are a true miracle in the process we call life.
How special is it that a woman either had you or loved you enough to adopt you and call you her own? Or a single Dad who plays both roles. What about a grandmother who raised you after she thought her child rearing days were over? Maybe you have lost your mother along your way in life?
Our mom is the first person that we connect with. She is the one who spends her life doing her best to make your life as wonderful as possible. While it may not go the way you wanted it to go – she did what she could for you. There is no manual when you were born that explained how to raise you with all your wonderful differences. Mom’s aren’t mind readers but are pretty good at reading your body language. She wants what is best for you even if you don’t agree.
Take a moment a reflect on all the things your mom has done for you – make a list of the things you felt were good and the things you felt were not so good. When you look at that list, let’s review the things you felt were not so good; was it because she did or didn’t’ do something you wanted? Was she looking out for your best interest and you didn’t see it? Have you talked to her about it and asked why she did or didn’t do something?
In most cases she was doing what she knew or could do for you in your best interest. That’s what moms do. They sacrifice themselves for you. You may not see it our understand it but they did right from the moment they conceived you. They shared their body with you and allowed you to beat up their internal organs. They gave us sleep to feed and change you until you were able to do it on your own. They taught you how to walk and talk and even how to play. Every mom does something different which is why we have different people with different thoughts! When we get older we get to choose for ourselves what we keep and what we don’t. We decide what we learned and how it is passed on to our children based on our moms.
Spend some extra time telling your Mom how grateful you are for her and all she has done for you.
Make it a grateful Mother’s day.
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”
Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Grateful Box
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From the time a young girl starts to fantasize about her wedding day she also fantasizes about her family. How many children does she want, will they be boys or girls? She pretends to be a “Mom” starting with baby dolls or teddy bears practicing feeding, diaper changing and rocking them to sleep.
Recently, at our TMPW women’s retreat, we were all gifted with a “Grateful Box.” I have personally been using mine and it has been a wonderful tool for me to daily give thanks and express gratitude for the many blessings around me that often go overlooked. And with Thanksgiving being this week, we thought it would be appropriate to introduce you to Kim Angeli as she is on a mission to teach intentional gratefulness…