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An Attitude of Gratitude

A funny thing happened today.

I took a few minutes in-between projects at work to make a cup of tea and I noticed the tea tag was bearing a quote. This particular brand of tea often promotes inspirational and uplifting quotes to illicit kind and warm thoughts about yourself and the world. It read...

"At attitude of gratitude brings opportunities."

I thought on this for a moment.

It's true that being thankful for what you have does so much more for your spirit than wishing and wanting for more. Although, this time of year can pose a particular challenge as all of the new holiday "must-haves" speak to the inner-child within us all.

Additionally, this time of year is also the perfect time to stop and think about the important people in our lives. A simple thank you, a card, gift, handwritten letters of appreciation are all extensions of the gratitude we feel for someone else and the opportunities bestowed upon us. Whether it's an inspirational leader in the community, a devoted volunteer, a neighbor down the street, a barista who makes your morning latte just right, or a friend that has been there through thick and thin, these are the people that we owe our gratification to and they need to know how much they mean to us, our organization, family, etc.

With tea in hand I walked back to my office to check my email and I opened this video sent from University of Illinois Chancellor, Phyllis M. Wise. It's entitled, Spirit of Gratitude: A Holiday Greeting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I encourage you to watch it. I was deeply moved by the video's message and all of the people they followed as they delivered their letters of gratitude to the individuals that have made an impact on their lives.

It made me think about all of the opportunities I've had because someone believed in me. I owe so much to my family, friends and teachers that I've met through my education and elsewhere on my journey through life. Without them, I may not be who I am today. I am thankful and fortunate to be surrounded with so many great people.

I hope that if you're reading this you'll take a moment to make a list of people like this in your life and personally thank them for what they do. As Chancellor Wise puts it "We all owe someone our deepest thanks".

I'd like to wish you a Happy Holiday and many opportunities in the New Year!



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