Most people think about gratitude right around Thanksgiving. And since it's still November and Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, I figured I could sneak in this post before all the Christmas stuff starts jingling away.
What is gratitude?
One definition defines gratitude as a feeling of appreciation toward another person, often accompanied by a desire to express thanks or reciprocate a favor. I can honestly say that I do like this definition. I am really grateful that I was able to record a wonderful testimonial from an excited first time buyer I helped recently. Her excitment is evident and she was grateful to me for sticking with her for two years and helping her with her FHA loan. It was alot of hand holding and answering multiple questions, but I am really happy to do that for her. She is so deserving of owning a home! You go girl!
Gratitude may also be defined as being grateful to your higher power for the blessings in your life. I like this one, too.
I also think of it as thankfulness. Being thankful for my wonderful husband, Drew - as we get ready to celebrate our 33rd anniversary at the end of this week. I can't believe it, but it's been 33 wonderful years, and where in the heck did that time go? We have two fabulous young adult children, Glenn and Kelley, who are both happily married, and we even have a sweet grandson who is just over 3 months old. We all have great health, our finances are healing, and we are all in good spirits and looking forward to a bright future!!
When we don't count our blessings, we can easily get caught up in the petty things in our business and personal lives and stress over all the annoyances we run into on a daily basis. This real estate and mortgage industry can suck the blood out of you if you let it, but DON'T!!
Develop that attitude of gratitude, and to help you focus on what you're grateful for, here is a fun little exercise to do as we go thru the bustling holiday season....
Each day, for the month of December, make a "Top 5 Blessings List". You'll become aware of all the little 'gifts' we experience and never paid attention to. It might be something as simple as a child's smile, clouds in the winter sky, or holiday lights in the neighborhood. And these 'gifts' won't put a dent in your holiday budget... they're FREE.
Do this every day and you may find that you're happier, more satisfied with life, and enjoy a simpler holiday season this year.
Many blessings to you and your families this holiday season,