Zig Ziglar was an incredible mentor to so many. I loved his wit and his love for others. He will be missed but his words will forever be with us through the legacy and the difference he made in our lives.
Why is it so easy to give and so difficult to receive? I really enjoy making a big deal about each one of my kids birthdays. We have created some fun birthday traditions - special birthday breakfast, I bake a cake, we celebrate the birthday all week, we go out to the restaurant of choice for the birthday dinner (wow, lots of food involved on the birthday...hmmm) and then there is all the special plans for a birthday gift and then a party with friends, etc. It is truly a very special time for the birthday boy or girl - Nicolas, Spencer, Alex or Emma!
I on the other hand, do not want to celebrate my own birthday. I admit it, I do not like the concept of aging. I truly feel like I am in my 20's and I like it that way! It is not a vanity thing, I would just rather not talk about it! I was 29 for about 10 years, and now I am 39 and holding... I feel young and that is really all that matters, right?
So I start off the week with - making the announcement that I don't want any gifts for my birthday and we don't need to go out because we are heading on a vacation next week for Thanksgiving. Ed & I made an agreement years ago to not give each other gifts only cards for birthday, anniversary, etc. I even scheduled a speaking engagement on my birthday, just to make sure everyone knows - no big deal. Not sure if it is my ego protecting me from any disappointment, or maybe if I don't celebrate, then I'm not really older.... hmmmmm
Anyway, as the Birthday wishes started showing up on my Facebook page, then texts and email greeting cards came in, I have to admit, it felt REALLY nice! Just knowing that so many people took a few minutes to think about me and wish me happiness was awesome! I LOVED it! When I arrived home and checked the mailbox, I wasn't really expecting any cards (I'm sure Hallmark is working through that...) but my heart skipped a beat when I recognized my Grandmother Betty's handwriting on the envelope. The card was beautiful and heart-felt and a wonderful reminder of her love and affection for me. It also gave me the moment to think about her and all she has meant to me in my life.
So, I had a fabulous Birthday! It wasn't about growing older. It was about Love and Kindness and Celebrating Life! Thank you so much, for making another 39th year so amazing!!! This Is Your Year, Really truly....
The feeling of gratitude is like living in a state of grace. One definition of grace is unmerited divine assistance given humans for their resurrection and regeneration. In short, grace is our response fo feeling loved unconditionally loved by God. When we practice an attitude of gratitude, we are practicing feeling loved.
There is a difference between feeling grateful and being grateful. Feeling grateful is a response to a benefit, while being grateful is a way of life. Gratitude has the power to heal, to energize, and to change lives. Make it your goal in life to BE Grateful!
Gratitude is an expression of thanks for gifts we have received. Scientists are finding that an attitude of gratitude is a powerful contributor to a happy life. Some believe that it may be the single most effective way to increase happiness.
The idea of receiving a gift is central to the concept of gratitude. While merely appreciating something for its positive qualities does have a positive impact on our lives and emotions, gratitude takes the next step beyond. Gratitude happens when we go beyond just appreciating something to acknowledging that we have received a gift that we did nothing to earn or deserve. On some level, the warm emotional rush we feel when we really feel gratitude is very much like the glow we feel from realizing we are unconditionally loved.
7. THEY KEEP THINGS SIMPLE.
Successful people certainly try to K.I.S.S. -Keep It Super Simple!
Many of us tend to think to much about things, add our own meaning and try to figure out every possible scenario before we take action on a project. Most successful people have everything down to a system - here is another acronym for you:
So, to have a proven pattern of success, simply create an easily duplicated system of getting things done!
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