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GRATITUDE

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” – G.B. Stern

As children most of us were constantly reminded to say “Thank you.” As your mother or father picked you up from a birthday party or some other event, you were most likely asked, “Did you say thank you?” Those of you who are parents probably go through a similar routine with your children. Saying thank you is one of the basics of good manners. It is also an excellent form of motivation.
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. Truly express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston

Speaking of gratitude – thank you for reading this.

MESSAGES THAT TOUCHED MY HEART

1.Life is green and green is life; Green life starts in our homes. Green ideas bloom; Let’s navigate the road to green life.

2.Our vivacious, ambitious, smart, engaging, hilarious, beautiful and immensely talented Alison was taken from the world. This is senseless, and our family is crushed.

3.She just happened to be really really good on TV. Really really good. And captured humanity with everybody she spoke with.

4.I believe (she) would want our love to be shared because it was a love that was genuine and a love that I hope everybody else gets to experience at least once in their life.

5.Powerful pictures tell powerful stories, Some are terrible stories and some are even happy or inspiring ones.

6.One picture is equal to one thousand words.

7.The full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy encapsulated the extraordinary risks refugees are taking to reach the West.

8.We get a lump in a throat every time we think about the female bankers who, wearing skirts, had to climb the ladder with unimaginable fear, and male bankers who threw off their coats at the last minute regardless of the cold weather, their fear, despair and regret.

9.It’s more satisfying and fun dealing with customers and clients than sitting in endless internal meetings and committees.

10.In a loving tribute at his grave, ‘There is always a face before me, a voice I would love to hear, a smile I will always remember, of a husband I loved so dear. Deep in my heart lies a picture, more precious than silver or gold, it’s a picture of my soul mate, whose memory will never grow old.’

11.But as I said just a few months ago, and I said a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America — next week, or a couple of months from now.

12.Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.

13.May God bless the memories of those who were killed today. May He bring comfort to their families, and courage to the injured as they fight their way back. And may He give us the strength to come together and find the courage to change.

14.Sophie left a message that read: “Daddy, my hero, my super daddy, my world. I love you so much. I will miss our cuddles, tickles, giggles and smiles. I love you lots and lots. Your little princess Sophie x x x x x.”

15.A second bouquet from Abigail, with scrawly handwriting, read: “Daddy, I love you so much, you are the best daddy in the whole wide world, you are my hero! I will miss you. XXX Love Abigail XXXXX.”

16.Jennifer left her own bouquet of white lilies with a wedding photo. Her message read: “Dave, my poo Bear! I can’t believe you’ve been taken away from me, you are my everything and have no idea how I am going to carry on with you not by my side. I love you with every inch of my heart and will miss you so so much, Your Mrs XXXXX.”

Find and Develop Your Passions

A passion is something for which you have boundless enthusiasm. Do you know what your passions are?

People who love what they do, know their passions and do not turn into someone else when they go to work. They have integrity, and a strong sense of what their talents are. They build their careers on a foundation of self-knowledge and are devoted to developing their strengths.

People tend to spend too much energy on overcoming a weakness, instead of focusing on natural abilities and preferences. This wasted effort often comes from conditioning in schools and certain corporate settings. It is often unproductive to depend on an institution or employer for career development.  Their motivations are not simply to help you in finding your true calling and may even run counter to your best interests. For example, an employer may want to keep you at your assigned tasks that you do well, even if you are ready to move on or up and learn something new.

Passions are preferences that inspire you in life and at work. For our purpose and discussion, there are four types of passions or work strengths:

  1. Interests are those ideas or topics that stimulate you. As you identify those topics, consider things that you know about as well as those you would like to learn more about. Long-term career satisfaction is dependent upon how well and to what extent an area of interest can hold your attention. Interests include things like technology, social justice, and art.
  2. Talents are skills that give you energy when you engage in them. Talents are skills but not all skills are talents. I define talents as those skills that you long for when you are not engaging in them. One way to discern the difference is to consider this: if you had a choice, you would not delegate a talent to someone else. Talents include things like using your hands to fix things, writing, speaking and leading.
  3. Style defines how you are at work when you are being your most authentic. How you would behave at work if you could really express yourself freely might offer clues to your soul work. Your personal style includes those attributes that you bring to an organization or industry, beyond your talents or skills. Style includes things like a sense of humor, empathy and vision.
  4. Environment defines what you need at your workplace. Understanding what you need at work will help you find the right cultural fit. Even if all the other factors are in place, the wrong environment can make great soul work miserable. Think about the ideal environmental qualities that would make up your perfect work culture, whether you plan to create it yourself, or find it at an organization. Environmental attributes include a style of design, access to nature and levels of competitiveness.

All four aspects are vital in creating dream work that will balance interest, enjoyment, and challenge. To create a more authentic life you must first know and develop your passions. For many people, this is easier said than done. Many have forgotten what their passions are. Some have outgrown old passions and need to find new ones and others know what they are passionate about but instead of incorporating these things into their life and work, are disconnected from them and do not see a way back. Sometimes an unexpected event forces you to reevaluate what direction you want to take in your career.

Let today be a time of reflection and readjustment around your own talents and growth. Spend the day thinking about your passion in life.

Find your passion now.

Adapted from Laurel Donnellan (brightlivelihoods)

A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

A few things to think about:

• Many of us have hobbies, knowledge, and experiences that can be turned into something useful in the marketplace. Give this some comprehensive thought. You probably have talents that could be further developed to create a career.

• Be proactive. Don’t be passive or fearful. Just taking the next step can get you to better and even great places. Start today.

• Be objective and strive to be your own counselor. Listen to others, but know the final decision is yours and hold yourself responsible. That in itself is empowering.

• If you haven’t given history enough attention, start doing so today. Realize you are in a pivotal time in history, and see it as a challenge as well as an opportunity.

• Each of us has a different route to our destiny and challenges are part of that path.

• Keep your self-image strong and intact by defining yourself in the best way possible—every day, no matter what the circumstances might be.

• Know from the inside out that you have the power to succeed and you will. That’s taking control. Your creative capital might be waiting to be discovered.