Marian Wright Edelman once said, “I’m doing what I think I was put on this earth to do. And I’m really grateful to have something that I’m passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.”
I feel the same way. I get to wake up each day and do what I truly love to do. In my new book, POISED FOR SUCCESS, I devote an entire chapter (chapter 18) on Gratitude, Grace, and Acts of Kindness.
In this chapter I write, “My mother believed that being grateful is the secret to a successful life and career. She taught me that you must first find something you feel grateful for and then let yourself really feel it. Maybe you feel grateful that you have a wonderful job, that you work with people whom you like and admire, that you and your children are healthy and safe, or that you have a terrific marriage or partnership. Maybe you’re grateful for the support you receive from a close friend or colleague. Maybe you’re grateful that you have heat or air-conditioning in your home, a comfortable bed, and a pantry of food.”
What are you most grateful for in 2011? Let me know by leaving a comment below and you could win a copy of THE GIFT OF THANKS: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009) by Margaret Visser. In this beautifully-written book, valued at $27.00, Visser shows readers how saying “thank you” — in a word or deed — improves us and links us to what is most noble in human nature.
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Congratulations to Jenn Cooper for winning THE GIFT OF THANKS! Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway!