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Friday was the last day of Jeff Goins’ “Slow Down” Challenge. I finished the challenge as scheduled, but after a weekend of dinners out and attending the Delcambre Shrimp Festival (more details on that later this week) I’m just getting around to posting the final installment.
This was Friday’s Challenge:
Challenge: Say “thanks” (for everything)
Today, try saying “thank you” for everything.
Say it to your spouse who makes you wait for dinner. Say it to the cashier who moves too slow. Say it to your late lunch appointment or the call center operator who keeps putting you on hold. Say it to God for every inconvenience that causes you to grow.
Say “thank you.” Don’t just think it or tell it to yourself. Actually speak the words — and mean them.
Be grateful for the moments that slow you down, the ones that cause you to take your time. Use these opportunities to appreciate what you already have and tend to miss. As you do, see how much better life looks, and actually is, when you approach it with gratitude.
I’m happy to say this Challenge was particularly easy for me because I long ago began cultivating the habit of saying “Thank you” for just about everything. I do it so often it has become second nature – and I sometimes even feel self-conscious for saying it because some people seem so surprised when they hear those words.
I do my best to maintain “an attitude of gratitude,” although I’ll be the first to admit it isn’t always easy. Nevertheless, I make a conscious effort to push back feelings of self-pity because I don’t want to be that person:
- The “Debbie Downer” who always sees the glass half empty – and tries to make everyone else see it that way, too
- The person you hate to ask “How are you doing” because they’ll probably tell you – and it won’t be anything good
- The Perpetual Complainer who never seems to be satisfied
- The Total Ingrate
One has to simply flip on the news or check a Twitter or Facebook feed to realize things could always be worse. There are a million-and-one places we could be (dodging bullets and explosions resulting from civil unrest; on the starving end of a famine, in a country where clean – much less running – water is rare, just to name a few).
For the myriad of things that could be wrong with my life, so much of it is right. For all the things that could be better, so much of it is good.
For this, I am grateful.
And I’m happy to say, “Thank you.”
Join in the Fray: What are you grateful for? To whom do you need to say, “Thank you?”
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