A few months ago, in a chance encounter in a half-price bookstore, I happened upon one of the best books that I have ever set eyes on. It is entitled “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff” and written by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. I love this little book for many reasons. First, it is broken up into short little passages so it’s easy to read in brief periods of time. Second, each passage reads like an individual story and leaves you thinking, really thinking about what you just read. And third, the message the book portrays is that of simple, stress-free living…learning to be happy and grateful for what you are blessed with in your life.
A couple of years ago, I decided to do away with the traditional year-end practice of choosing one – or many – New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I started choosing one word that becomes my theme for the entire year. In 2013, my “theme word” was passion. By finding and following my passion, I rebranded and relaunched my business and had my best year yet. Encouraged by my success, I went to work determining my theme for 2014.
This year, I am focused on practicing and sharing gratitude. I am finding this to be more difficult than I first thought it would be. However, I believe that by doing the work and conditioning myself to think more about what I’m grateful for than what I want or need or what others have, I will live a more fulfilled life and provide better service to others.
That is where this little book and my life intersect. Using the book as my guide, I am going to post one of the 100 total passages every day, then write a short journal entry detailing how I put that principle to use in my life that day. Please follow me on Facebook and Instagram and walk the journey with me. I will be using the hashtags: #100daysofgratitude, #nosweat, and #dontsweatthesmallstuff.
I am really looking forward to this journey and the positive changes I’m sure it will bring to my family, my life and my business. I’m hoping that I can inspire others to join in some small way during these next 100 days. Here’s to a grateful 2014!
Cre8vely & Gr8fully Yours,