“God gave you 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?” -William A. Ward
When reading the above quote, what thoughts cross your mind? Several that cross my mind are the sense that we all have a set amount of time each day, our lives are full and busy, it is our choice of what we want to do with our time, and the short amount of time it takes to offer gratitude.
Most of us start our day with a list of obligations on our mind, an inventory of where we are going and what we are doing and a number of things we have to do in order to keep our lives running smoothly. This seems perfectly normal for most of society. The problem with this mode of thinking is that they don’t slow down enough to make the time to offer thanks and gratitude to the people and situations in their life and then end up feeling overwhelmed, unfulfilled and having empty relationships.
If you fit in with the above mode of thinking and are willing to make a small change that will better your life, I recommend you start to adopt an “attitude of gratitude”. This means taking a second or two to offer gratitude for something or someone that you are thankful for. As a Holistic Doctor and CEO of a life coaching company, I have seen many lives transform after slowing down, becoming more balanced and offering thanks for the many things in life that others may take for granted. When I suggest adopting an “attitude of gratitude” to someone who is overwhelmed or sick, many people tell me that they can’t think of anything to be thankful for because they are too busy or too tired. I suggest to them to start with some things that they may not be totally aware of, but that they would have a hard time living without. I usually ask them to think about how many things run smoothly without their need to do something. For example, we don’t need to pay attention to how many times a day our bodies tell our heart to beat, our lungs to breathe, our cells to regenerate or the technology of how our muscles to move our bones.
In addition, I mention their GPS, cell phone, computer, indoor plumbing, electricity, transportation or housing. It is amazing to me how much technology has changed and we take for granted. We can talk to people all over the world, find driving directions with a small computer on our dash board, find out information on anything we want with a click of a button on our laptop and travel on airplanes to distant locations in a matter of hours. Our ancestors would be overwhelmed and bewildered if they came upon the technological advances we have today. Rarely are we thankful for these things that allow our life to run smoothly, we simply take them for granted. The last thing I mention to them to be thankful for is their support systems. Behind each of us are people who provide us support. In some instances, our supporters are the ones who allow us to do the things we’re best at, handle our obligations, or even help pursue our dreams. In addition, our support may come from the people who are there to help us through life’s trials and lessons by offering us their strength and sustaining our spirit along the way. Our supporters may be a coach who helps us express ourselves by listening to us as we share our thoughts and feelings, a person doing business with us at a networking meeting or a teacher from childhood whose words still resonate in our minds. We have always had supporters around us whether we were aware of them or not. No matter where the support comes from, not many of us can say we have accomplished a task without assistance and it is important to offer thanks and praise to them on a regular basis.
In closing, everyday is a blessing, and in each moment there are many things that we can be grateful for. Adopt an “attitude of gratitude”. When you wake up tomorrow, take a moment to offer thanks for the innate intelligence of your body, the many things that are running smoothly without your help and the people around you who cheer you on and support you along the way.