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Gratitude Shows Not In What You Say, But How You Show Up

I have a friend who loves to tell everyone how grateful they are, and that it’s their primary value. And yet, whenever I’m with them, the overriding commentary is complaints and gossip.


Hmmm…something is off there. Perhaps it’s all for show, or perhaps they’re just not very self-aware.


And it got me thinking, am I projecting gratitude such that others see it? I have been keeping a gratitude journal for over 10 years. Each day I write three things in it, starting with this sentence stem, ‘I am so grateful that/for…..’. I can see the positive changes that’s made in my life.


I remember seeing a John Mellencamp concert years ago where his band was getting their due by playing a long intro to a song. And there was John, smiling at them and smiling at us. To me, it was like he was just taking a moment to just appreciate all that made up that moment. I could sense deep gratitude.

I have adopted that habit of just taking a beat, looking around me and sighing a deep sigh of contentment for exactly this moment and how lucky I am to be in it.


Try this ONE thing


Can you do that? Take this moment to pause and notice what’s going on, what you are present to and then be grateful for all that you have and are in this moment.


Nothing will bring you peace faster, I promise.



Hey! Are you already successful and accomplished? Do you have many things to appreciate about your life right now? Are you always open to learning more and growing yourself?

Despite all your successes, do you sometimes doubt yourself? Do you hesitate to go after what you really want in life?

Or maybe you dismiss your past successes, putting them down to luck, and don’t really see how extraordinary you really are?

If this sounds like you, you and I should have a conversation. Drop me a line here, karen.laidlaw.theONEthing@outlook.com, and let’s talk!

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