This morning, I attended Mass at a beautiful church here in Pittsburgh. The priest’s homily was on the attitude of gratitude. It was a poignant reminder of all that we should be grateful for in our lives. Regardless of your spiritual persuasion, gratitude is an important aspect of anyone’s life. Why?

First, it shows humility to be grateful for what you have. Second, gratitude leads to a positive attitude. Third, it keeps you focused on the important things in your life.

What are you grateful for?

Mine are easy, yet the simple task of listing them is important to keep focus, perspective, and humility. Here are just a few off the top of my head…

  • My family
  • Our health
  • Living in this country that allows us great freedom of choice
  • Our extended families
  • Our dogs (they may not be happy about this placement)
  • My business and all the associates and friends that have come from that
  • The opportunity to send my kids to higher education

I’ve seen first-hand through my Rotary experiences how the majority of the world live. That’s not me, and if you are reading this, it’s probably not you, either. Gratitude is a gift in and of itself in keeping our lives (professional and personal) in perspective. We often need to be reminded as it’s easy to take what we have for granted. I got my reminder this morning. I hope this serves as one for you!

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