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Gratitude – Just Do It

Earlier this week I watched this incredible clip featuring Brother David, a highly-respected Benedictine monk, author and spiritual leader, which was featured by Michael Hyatt.

Described as a BLESSING to all those with “eyes to see and ears to hear”, the powerful message in this clip about grateful living is deeply humbling and inspirational.

It’s easy to spend time thinking about how grateful we are. And thinking is the first step to ‘being’. So practicing the art of gratitude, even if it is introspectively, has to be a good thing.

It’s not so easy to outwardly voice our gratitude, to those we are grateful for.

Our personalities can get in the way. It can be a bit too ‘touch-y, feel-y’. It can make us feel awkward. How will we look? What will they think? It can all be a bit embarrassing.

But I have been reminded that every day, and every moment, is a gift…a blessing. And I am grateful for that. And I want to share this humble gift with you.

The fact we are here, and are able to fully experience life exactly as it is right now, in its kaleidoscope of colourful nuances, with all our present senses, is all that there is.

So, I made the decision to act on my thoughts. I sent a message to some special people in my life, to say ‘thank you’ – and to let them know how much they mean to me. I told them how grateful I was to have them in my life and that I am a better person for having met them.

It doesn’t matter who we are, what our position or status is, how much money we make, or what our background, culture, or religion is. As leaders, expressing our gratitude to those we lead, with grace and authenticity, could be the single most powerful thing we achieve.

As Brother David said, “let your gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.”

It’s a simple act, but the rewards are infinite…

How will you act on your gratitude today?

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Suzi McAlpine

Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

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