Deliberate Gratitude

A few years ago, I regularly posted “Gratitude Snippets” on Facebook. They were short posts. Expressions of appreciation for people and things… 

…a beautiful day… 

…a restaurant server who went the extra mile… 

…a mail carrier who braved snow and rain to make the delivery… 

…a song that brightened my mood… 

…a colleague who offered some well-timed encouragement and advice… 

…my mother and father… 

…my wife and children. So much to be grateful for.  

Friends and followers liked the Gratitude Snippets… 

…at least most of them did.  

One emailed me and asked, “What’s the point? What’s your angle?”  

The questions threw me. He seemed to be accusing me of something.  

Soon after he asked me that, I stopped posting the snippets.  

I don’t know why I stopped. Maybe his questions had something to do with it. I didn’t really think about it then. I just stopped.  

But I’m thinking about it today… 

…and here’s my answer… 

…here’s my angle… 

Gratitude is good for the mind and the soul.  

We are better when we practice gratitude — deliberately and consistently. 

When we share gratitude publicly, we inspire others to do the same.  

It’s so easy to find fault. To pick fights. To complain. To find reasons to be unhappy and angry. That’s easy, and it’s common.  

Yes, there are problems to fix, challenges to face, mountains to climb.  

I don’t encourage anyone to bury their head in the sand.  

But I do encourage you to search for light in the darkness — deliberately and consistently.  

Today, in the USA, we celebrate and express thanks.  

And tomorrow? Keep it up!Thanks for reading… 

…today and always. I’m grateful to all of you who interact with me through these emails.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.