Be Thankful

Here’s what came to mind yesterday:

“Easy to be thankful when things are going well; here’s to being thankful when things don’t go as planned, when things go sideways. Find the lesson, make the best of it, and go forward. Be thankful.”

That sums it up, really. At least for me. It’s proven itself over and over to be the best approach.

Response to great fortune? Be thankful for things working out well for you.

Response to things not going as planned? Be thankful for what can learn from the circumstances.

The happiest people are those that practice gratitude on a regular, even daily basis.

An attitude of gratitude is a fundamental superpower anyone can develop, and if mastered, makes you unstoppable.

Try it for thirty days; go ahead, see how it might improve you perspectives, your daily attitude, your approach to all aspects of your professional and personal life.

And finally, a couple takes on our national holiday, Thanksgiving.

A bit about the roots of the tradition that is a national holiday in the US — though similar traditions exist around the world, for sure — here’s what Wikipedia has to say, in part (with some Wiki-Good links for more related info too):

“The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a well-recorded 1619 event in Virginia and a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as dictated by the group’s charter from the London Company, which specifically required “that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned … in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.” The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest, which the Pilgrims celebrated with Native Americans, who helped them get through the previous winter by giving them food in that time of scarcity.”

And here’s a really good piece written to share a more well-rounded perspective on the truth of our American history.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-27/thanksgiving-history-el-salvador-armenia-family

So for me it all comes back to the basics of right now, everyday: Amen to helping each other. Amen to being thankful.

Attitude? GRATITUDE.

Brave

Not sure if I’ve written about this topic before in this forum. If not, it’s high time. If I have, it’s worth revisiting.

Being brave is a core value and characteristic of living a happy and fulfilling life.

If we don’t learn to have courage and be brave, we will struggle with new things, with hard things, throughout our lives.

If we don’t learn to be brave we will not feel good about ourselves. We will be sad more often.

If we don’t learn to be brave our relationships will suffer.

And for kids especially, it’s important to understand…

Courage isn’t about something magical that happens inside us to make us ‘not scared’. It’s about something magical that happens inside us to make us push through fear, self-doubt, anxiety, and do the things that feel hard or risky or frightening.

It means being brave when it’s necessary. It is necessary. Be brave.

Salad and Spreadsheets

What did I wake up to yesterday? Salad and spreadsheets on my mind, and thus the day began. And a pork chop, couldn’t forget the pork chop I was to make that evening. My mind was clicking from the moment I woke up. Lots to do, lots to do.

And?

The salad turned out to be tasty. The spreadsheets did what they were supposed to.

All good. And that’s…?

GOOD.

Finally, twelve hours later, the pork chop turned out to be muy delicioso…first time making it too. NICE.

Lesson? Don’t fret if your mind starts racing. Pull it back with a few deep breaths and maybe a list if needed.

And then? Ah yes, that common refrain:

GET AFTER IT.

Simple Suggestions

Boiling life down into bite-size bits and basic ideas we can learn and hold on to day-in, day-out? Might just be a superpower secret to living a good and happy life. These are concepts we should not only live by everyday, but pass along to those around us, especially our children, if we have them.

One of my favorite people and friend for more than 30 years lives by simple principles. He’s the father of five kids. He’s a successful business person, self-made.

These simple suggestions can make a big impact, if you remember to follow them, apply them each day.

“Life is easy,” he likes to say to his kids (and others)…

1/ Make a friend.

2/ Stand up for someone who needs it.

3/ Smile.

And then there are three more below from my kids’ elementary school. The ethos of the school might be summarized thus; it lists what should guide the students’ behavior everyday.

They call them “The Three B’s:”

Be Respectful.

Be Responsible.

Be Safe.

Remember Your Tools

What lessons, what lessons? There are always new things to learn, old things to remember.

When doing inventory work, here are the basics you should have, beyond your digital or paper reference:

1/ pen

2/ marker

3/ blade (to open the box).

4/ packing tape, tape gun (to close said box).

Be methodical; always methodical. Don’t rush. Take your time.

Things may not be obvious. Items may not be where you expect them.

Stay with the count. And remain humble.

Is This What it Means to be White?

Two white journalists consider their journey, exploring the murder of a white minister by group of white men in the segregated deep south of Alabama, United States, in 1965.

#gratitude

@chipbrantley

@andrewbeckgrace

https://www.npr.org/about-npr/719940814/white-lies-nprs-civil-rights-cold-case-podcast-solves-who-what-killed-james-reeb

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