This is another piece than what I normally post on this blog.
It was prompted by the below beautiful infographic (courtesy of Mindvalley Academy) about the power of gratitude and the science behind it.
It reminded me that, in 45 years on this planet, I only started practicing gratitude in the past year or so.
Thank you, Oprah, for opening my eyes!
It’s almost scary to see how much I took for granted until then. The good things and the not-so-good things. But I had no previous education whatsoever on the matter, hence my ignorance.
I started a gratitude journal a year ago that I keep updating every day. It helped me understand the power of gratitude.
And, like Oprah said, since there’s power in the words, I’ll write down here what I’m grateful for in 2013.
On the professional side:
1. Being published in Huffington Post. My first post there earned 1700+ likes and shares, and nearly 40 comments.
2. My techno dude, Fabio, for helping me to get this blog off the ground, right after it was brutally hacked. It got me 500+ visits, 1000+ page views, and the first high-end client. All in the first month of the launch. Add to that the first guest posting invitation after my second blog post went live.
3. Continued support and coaching from people like Carol Tice, Bamidele Onibalusi, Jon Morrow. More importantly, a very much welcomed, unexpected, and constructive piece of advice from Andy Crestodina.
4. Mustering up the courage to start guest posting on important blogs.
5. My ability to create and be of use to other people through my work.
On the personal side:
1. My family – although they live 2,000 km away.
2. My health.
3. My daily mindfulness routine and Deepak Chopra’s 21-day free meditation challenges I joined this year.
4. THE wonderful friend who listened to me and advised me when I needed the most, without judging me (you know who you are ).
5. My very existence.
Having said that, Happy Thanksgiving, USA!
And to everyone who reads this, thank you. Keep practicing gratitude in whatever corner of the world you are.
Every. Single. Day.
Image: Patrick Hoesly via flickr
Click on the infographic for a larger view.
Please include attribution to www.mindvalleyacademy.com with this graphic.