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6 Things You Can Be Thankful For Each Day, Regardless of Your Situation

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When we have big life events, it is easy to remember to give thanks.  But big successes are usually the sum of small steps in the right direction over time.  Without the benefit of hindsight, it is hard to see the significance of this headway in the moment.  So in remembering that action is better than inaction, we should be grateful for the journey and celebrate our present situation.

Here are 6 things you can be thankful for each day, regardless of your situation:

You woke up this morning.  Each night we go to sleep, we assume we’ll wake up the next day.  We take this for granted but we don’t truly know what will happen.  We’ve all heard stories where others weren’t as fortunate, so each morning when you wake up with the ability to plant your feet firmly on the ground and take on another day, be thankful.  I have my mom to thank for always reinforcing the need to do this each morning.

You’re healthy.  My grandma always says, “If you’re healthy, you’re wealthy.”  There is so much truth to that statement.  She’s 85 years old, still does moderate exercises and can touch her toes.  Without good health, you could be limited in what you do, where you go, and how you live your life.  Take your vitamins, do your exercises, and eat in moderation (including on Thanksgiving Day)!

You have access.  If you’re able to read this, you have access to a computer, tablet, cell phone, etc. In today’s digital age, access makes it easier to get what you want and to be in control of shaping your life and experiences.  You can use these tools to get information about what you need to know, learn about new topics and enhance your skills. Take advantage of that.

You’re not alone.  Last night I was bouncing some ideas off of a friend and mid-conversation he asked, “Do you think creative people need to be around other creative people?”  My response was a resounding, “Yes!” Family and friends make up our go-to support system but it doesn’t have to end there.  We thrive in environments where we can share insight with others who understand us and share our interests; this empowers us to fully be ourselves.  The first step is realizing what you need help with and the second step is reaching out to those who can be part of your support system.

You have knowledge and experience.  No matter how old you are, you’ve probably experienced situations that left you with learning lessons and knowledge that would allow you to do things differently next time.  Having knowledge and experience in your toolbox is invaluable. You can leverage your insight to approach your life situations strategically and with intention and you can empower and enlighten others.  Knowledge and experience allow you to see opportunities to create and provide value to the world around you.

You made it through another day.  Think of all the things that could happen in 24 hours.  When you’ve made it through your day, take a moment to be thankful and reflect on what you can do better tomorrow.  Give yourself credit for doing the best you could and leave all your worries in that day.  Tomorrow is a new opportunity to start fresh on a blank canvas that offers flexibility and opportunities.  My mom also reminds me of the need to do this each evening.

Do you make time to give thanks?  Do you do it at certain times of the day or whenever you remember?  What things are you thankful for?

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Quick Takeaway: Take the Wheel and Steer Toward Your Goal

From time to time, your windshield gets foggy.  Instead of snow, rain or sleet, your view gets blocked by lack of focus, second-guessing yourselves or negativity from others.  It is normal for this to happen and it is fine to pull over on the shoulder to regain your composure.

The biggest challenge, however, is in snapping out of it and getting back on the road.  Take yourself out of the current situation and look at the big picture.  Remind yourself why you started the journey in the first place.  Envision what it will be like when you get there and why you want that feeling.  Imagine it being real.  Use that motivation as the push you need to keep going.

So what’s the takeaway?

Don’t let a few raindrops on the windshield blur your vision. You’re in the driver’s seat. Steer toward your goal! Keep dreaming big and don’t let anything get in your way along the road to success!

“There is a curb called Failure
A loop called Confusion
Speed bumps called Friends
Red lights called Enemies
Caution lights called Family
You will have flats called Jobs
 But, if you have a spare called Determination
An engine called Perseverance
Insurance called Faith
You will make it to a place called Success!”

– Unknown

Have you had a time when your view became foggy?  How did you get yourself back on track?  Share your experience below?

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Life is Fragile: Here’s How to Make the Most of it

I recently shared this on TheAfter5Edge’s Twitter handle and facebook page and received a lot of positive feedback.  For this reason, I wanted to take the opportunity to elaborate on what was a short but important reminder.  We’re often so caught up being “busy” that we forget what should take priority in our lives.  So I wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect.

Life is fragile.  We have the option of going through life quietly or living life boldly.  Either way, our time is limited.  It is ours now to treasure and we should make the most of it while we can.

Spend it wisely.  Despite our limited time, we have the option to live life with meaning, with purpose and by design.  Think of what you want to have in your life and create a plan accordingly.  Create a life that makes you feel whole and complete.  Do the things you want to do.

Do good deeds.  The world becomes a better place with each of our acts.  Reach out to an elderly neighbor.  Let someone go ahead of you in a line.  Give up your seat on the bus.  Donate your used clothing.  Give your old books to a local library or organization.  Buy lunch for a homeless person.  Your options for doing good deeds are endless.

Help and spend time with people.  Our best experiences in this world are created with the people in our lives.  Help others when you can and don’t underestimate your ability to provide value.  Take time to celebrate the achievements and special moments of others.

Enjoy each moment.  Take walks.  Eat outdoor in the summer time.  Take time to relax and meditate.  The destination is fulfilling but make sure to enjoy the journey.  Choose your battles.  Keep things in perspective and always remember that most things are not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

What takeaways do you have about life and how to make the most of it?  What rules do you live by to maximize your experiences?

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