Any avid reader of self-improvement books (I’m a bit of an addict) has read over and over about the importance of gratitude. Oprah used to promote a “gratitude journal”–the idea is simple, write down 10 good things about your day just before you go to bed. She swore it was a life-changer! I’m not disciplined enough to do a gratitude journal every single day, but when Oprah calls something a life-changer, I pay attention.
So, there must be something to this gratitude idea. I’ve been trying to practice an “attitude of gratitude” this week.
A random list of things I am grateful for this week–no significant order–
1.) My children are back at school! I love them -and love summer too- but it was time!
3.) Stuart Turnbull promoted my Grocery Store Goldmines book and we sold a bunch of copies. I posted a “guest blog” on his site and it was a lot of fun hearing from all his followers. This has led to email communication with new contacts. I always enjoy hearing the stories of other entrepreneurs. I am even further grateful to help them through my experiences.
4.) Susan Whitehead contacted me to learn more about Grocery Store Goldmines. We spoke for over an hour. She has similar interests and comes from a similar place in life (she is also an internet entrepreneur and has a large family.) I was very inspired to hear her story and learn from her.
5.) My daughter Adrienne, who broke her collarbone 3 weeks ago, is mending! Her surgeon said today that she will be able to play the last month of soccer season. This is a big deal for a 10th grade soccer player.
6.) My mobile marketing project is starting to build momentum! I’ve been working with local businesses for awhile and this project is going to be a great way to connect these businesses with their customers. I love projects that are win-win-win (the business wins, the customer wins and I win!)
7.) My sister has found a stable home for one of the two kittens she found this week. I am a huge animal lover and am always happy for adoption stories.
8.) My husband found an eye doctor he can trust. He had to drive 90 miles to Chicago to do this, but he has specific and specialized eye issues and I am grateful the right doctor is available for him.
9.) My seven year old has found a new friend. They have spent the last two afternoons playing, quietly(!), in our basement. A friend is an important thing for all of us.
10.) My dad and his wife finally got brave enough to join Skype (we’ll work on Facebook next!) My kids will be able to visit with them more often and in person. Skype is awesome for those of us living away from family. Welcome to the 21st century dad!
I find that what you focus on increases (I know, real Rhonda Byrne type stuff!) I am going to embrace this attitude of gratitude and see what happens.