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1 day ago
Late last week, my sister Amy mailed me a handwritten letter to acknowledge the 33rd anniversary of the day I was burned. She wrote about having gratitude I survived, gratitude for the life I enjoy today and gratitude for being part of it.
It made me think of various letters of gratitude I’ve received and the way it always makes me feel. I also reflected on stories from others who were impacted by sharing gratitude. One of the most memorable examples occurred after a speaking event several years ago.
At the end of a healthcare conference, a woman named Janet shared the pain of losing her fiancé just 13 months earlier in a tragic accident. She spoke not only of the pain of losing her best friend but of an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the love and kindness from others. Remarkable. She told me her faith had been revived, she’d rediscovered who she was and was striving to make a difference.
I asked Janet how she continues so optimistically after a massive loss.
Early in her grief she read about someone who wrote one thank you letter every day and the profoundly positive impact on the author’s life. For more than a year, Janet did that exact same thing.
“Every day I write a thank you letter to someone who has done something kind for me and positively touched my life. It could be a patient, a friend, the lady in the cafeteria, whoever. You see, it forces me to look for goodness each day in others; to celebrate it when I see it.”
Janet concluded by sharing that although her pain remains agonizingly real, in light of all the gifts she encounters each day, she feels extraordinarily blessed.
Can you imagine a better view of your own life than sincerely feeling extraordinarily blessed?
My friends, heartache, tragedies, setbacks and letdowns are experiences we all endure. Thankfully, true gratitude is not a byproduct of our circumstances.
Let’s look around at the world through a lens that demands to see beauty, peace and joy. I firmly believe that real happiness and joy are more frequently revealed than achieved.
And there is no better way to ensure it is revealed than to take inventory of all the gifts we already possess.
Today, choose to see your life and the world as the remarkable gift it is. Begin by thanking a loved one for being a big reason why you feel the way you do. ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
Rebecca Bender cites that the No. 1 buyer of sex worldwide is American men. How can we heal this gapping wound? What more can we do?
Listen to our hour-long conversation on the Live Inspired Podcast:
Apple Podcasts – apple.co/3ay7LH7
Spotify – spoti.fi/3aGanmm
My website – johnolearyinspires.com/2020/01/rebecca-bender-222/
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4 days ago
She was trafficked for 6 terrifying years.
Courageously, Rebecca Bender WILL NOT let those years define her. In fact, she now serves as an advocate for other human trafficking victims and teams up with law enforcement, the FBI and Homeland Security to multiply her impact.
Hear more of Rebecca’s resilience on the Live Inspired Podcast – episode 222 – available for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever you enjoy your podcasts. ... See MoreSee Less