Thanksgiving Thoughts: I’m thankful for warm water

Smiling plumberOne  week ago, our water heater broke. Not in the “buy a new one, get it replaced the same day” way. It broke in the “have to order parts, will fix it in 5 days way.” Let’s just say that there’s nothing fun about cold showers or having to heat up water to do dishes.

Hot water is just one of many things I took for granted. Until this week, I also didn’t give much thought to my lovely furnace that works tirelessly to keep my family warm. Or the really nice furnace repair people, who spend their lives in cold basements and hot attics so the rest of  can live comfortably.

I especially took for granted my hot showers and my ability to wash dishes in warm water. (I also remembered why I hate camping!)

Yesterday, once the furnace was repaired, I was truly thankful for hot water. And for my beautiful house that keeps me warm on these frigid winter nights.

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States. Today, write about something that you’re thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Book Review: 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

365 Thank YousSadly, I do not have any book stores within 30 minutes of my home, so I purchase almost all of my books online. So it was a treat to visit a local Long Island bookstore a few weeks ago. Despite promising myself I wouldn’t buy anything, I emerged with two large bags of books.

The books included a used copy of 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life. It took me a couple of weeks to read, because it was one of those books that you want to savor. Even though I often only read a few paragraphs, sometimes I’d get a surge of energy from the loveliness of the thank you notes and the transformation of the author.

The book begins on December 22, 2007. The author is a lawyer. His business of seven years is about to go under due to a lawsuit against them and non-payment of bills. His marriage has broken up. He’s maintaining two households and cannot afford even one home. And he’s living in a crappy, cheap apartment. He admits feeling like a loser on many levels.

Then he came up with an idea, which was inspired by his grandfather. He was going to find one person to write one thank you note each day for the next year. (It ultimately took him 15 months to reach this goal.)

He keeps track of the notes on a spreadsheet and shares many of the notes in the book. They are simple, short and direct, which is the perfect way to write a thank you note. Sometimes he has to stretch to find someone to thank (such as the barista at Starbucks), and sometimes he uses the notes to connect with old friends.

Here’s the note to his daughter’s teacher: “Thank you for taking time out of your schedule, over and above the usual, to spend time with us discussing our daughter. You went into such depth and detail that it was evident how much care you have devoted not just to her intellectual progress, but to her emotional development as well.” (page 130)

Over the course of the year, his life transforms. The book is a great read and an example of how small acts of gratitude can change many lives.

(My only criticism of the book is the title. It should  say “Thank You’s” and the missing apostrophe bothers me.)

Today, blog about something you’re grateful for.


Remember To Be Grateful

???????????????????????I’ve been dealing with some challenges over the last few weeks. Somewhere along the line, I started to focus on the negatives and missed the positives. I became a “glass is half empty” person when I could, just as easily, have focused on the glass being half full.

In 2010, I was involved in a serious car accident. It raining hard on the Long Island Expressway, when the car behind me blew a tire and hit me. I’m still recovering from injuries and driving makes me (understandably) nervous. I was grateful that my van was repairable, although just barely, and we did not have the financial stress of purchasing a new vehicle. However, every time I get behind the wheel, the memory of the car accident returns.

Yesterday, I had an epiphany. Rather than viewing my car as being the source of my injury, I should be grateful that my trusty, beat up Dodge Caravan had protected me being more seriously hurt. My sturdy vehicle that had gone through a lot to keep me safe.

In moments, my attitude did a huge turnaround and I became grateful for the protection I’d received over the last 150,000 miles of travel.

Today, write about something you are grateful for. In your business, do you have a mentor or a customer that makes your heart sing? Is there a friend or neighbor who makes life easier? Are you thankful for your coffee maker that starts your day on a great note? Share your thoughts with your readers and help brighten their day.