I believe in the power of gratitude and I’m indebted to those who have studied and proven its value. Expressing gratitude affords us a wonderful opportunity to tell those we love how we treasure their actions.
“I’m savoring every sip of coffee and feeling so grateful for you and your friendship. You made my day!”
“I nearly blushed when you winked at me across the dinner table with our kids between us. You made me feel young and sexy.”
“I was so nervous walking into that office – you took my hand and I knew, right then, that everything would be okay.”
Gratitude is a feeling that causes our hearts to sing and spirits to lift. When we purposely appreciate all the green lights, no waiting at the DMV, and that the forgotten refund posted to our account, it’s gratitude we feel. When your daughter shows you her favorite TikTok videos, you cherish being chosen and invited into her life. When we mindfully embrace those small and large things and the people that make our lives sweeter we are filled with gratitude.
Growing gratitude muscles at home happens when we mention events or kindnesses and invite our family members to do the same. Acts of kindness and compassion are treasured more when the joy is wrapped in a story we share with our tribe.
“I moved up a notch today in PE. I was not the last one picked for kickball.”
“I was nervous waiting for my review, but my boss walked out and smiled at me. She said she’d been looking forward to telling me how well I’ve done.”
“I did not finish my homework and told my teacher before class started. She said she admired my honesty and gave me a day of grace. Boy, I didn’t see that coming!”
Sharing our words, actions and thoughts serve to inspire love, inject optimism and invite closeness. Go now, embrace active gratitude. Live the life you were meant to live with thoughtful and benevolent gratitude. You’ve got what it takes!
What are you grateful for today?
P.S. I’m grateful for my newest hire, Andrew, who makes me laugh and whose clever ideas inspire me.
As if feeling excited and stressed weren’t enough, some high school seniors face the reality that due to low GPAs, SAT scores, or rank, their dreams of being accepted into a top tier college as an incoming freshman won’t happen. It may appear as though “opportunity” has passed them by. My son was one such student.
He was disappointed when he realized he was going to be attending a local junior college. I would be lying if I said he didn’t experience a healthy amount of humility and embarrassment as he watched his friends drive off to their chosen universities. It was barely noticeable at first, the beginning signs of my son’s determination and focus. He was on a mission to show everyone (mostly himself) that this wasn’t going to stop him.
At the junior college, he failed the math placement test for Calculus despite passing it in high school. To our shock he was required to retake several math courses lower than Calculus. Frustrated, but with resolve, he earned a 4.0 his freshman year. With success and confidence under his belt, he went on to earn 4.0 again his sophomore year. He never took his eyes off the University of Texas’ strong academic reputation and, of course, Longhorn sports.
My son was not only accepted into the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin his junior year, but was awarded a generous academic scholarship. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Business Certification from the McCombs School of Business. His senior design research project was published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Why is all of this important?It is valuable because parents and students need to know that while high school is definitely one chapter, there will be many others before the book is written.Don’t settle or let disappointments define the future.Be creative, be ambitious, and never tell yourself or your child that the game is over – it may very well be the beginning!