What Makes A Grateful Day?

Jann FreedLiving, Sage-ing Leave a Comment

I am writing this post at the beginning of 2018 as a way of wishing everyone a great year.  The best way to start the year is to remember to be grateful by stopping to remember to breathe, looking around to pay attention, and focusing on what matters most to you.  Make every day a grateful day.

NOTE:  Last Friday, was Part 1 of Meg Newhouse’s podcast interview.  Part 2 will be posted this Friday, January 19th.  I hope you listen to both parts and let me know what you learn.

And remembering Martin Luther King Jr. with one of his powerful quotes– as relevant to remember today as when he said it:

Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Last week, I heard a replay on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett of her interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast.  He is a Sage for sure.  Brother David is in his 90s and his life experience is rich and we are fortunate he shares his wisdom on his website:  gratefulness.org.

I often say:  “It is easier for me to write about leadership, read about it, talk about it, and study it than it is to practice it.  Leadership is tough stuff if you do it well.”

I believe the same thing is true for gratitude or gratefulness.  It is one thing to know what it is and say you are grateful than to really be grateful.

Since leaders influence the lives of others, how would you act differently if you viewed every day as a grateful day?

While it sounds easy, making every day a grateful day is more difficult than it sounds.  Why is this?  How many times do we go through the day and we don’t even remember breathing–taking a breath?

So I am going to share what I am learning from Br. David starting with his powerful quote and his five minute video.

In fact, you can watch Brother David’s TED on gratefulness talk by clicking here.

“So you think this is just another day in your life? It’s not just another day. It is the one day that is given to you…today.” ~ Br. David Steindl-Rast