You’ll find several books on gratitude in the “Personal Development” sections of most bookstores. There’s a reason for that – gratitude works. If you wake up every day and feel miserable, you’re probably going to have a miserable day. Now, waking up each day feeling grateful for all the good things in your life won’t guarantee that you’ll have a great day. But at least you’ll start out on the right foot.
A NYC Taxi driver wrote:
Below are some of the things from the past week that I’ve come across and felt were worth sharing. As always, feel free to leave a comment on the blog or on social media if you’d like to add to the discussion.
What I’ve learned:
I live in an area that frequently experiences power outages. Sometimes, they only last a few hours but in recent years, we have had some that have lasted several days. When you’re without power for three days, you realize how much you take it for granted. You can’t watch TV, go online, heat up something in the microwave and have to use candles or flashlights to get around when it’s dark. But you also have no heat, hot water and you need be mindful of opening your refrigerator or freezer.
“Toastmasters is only for amateurs!” Several years ago I attended a National Speakers Association (NSA) meeting and that was the response when someone mentioned Toastmasters. Truthfully, I feel both organizations have their share of amateurs and professionals. NSA has a higher percentage of professionals and Toastmasters has mostly amateurs. But as a Toastmasters graduate and someone that attended many NSA meetings (I’ve qualified for membership since 2007 but never joined), I can see the benefit in joining either or both groups.