Remembering Gratitude

December 2018

Gratitude…it is a simple wold, which simply means being thankful. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of life have sometimes caused people to forget what it means to be grateful. It does not matter, really, if it is a good day or a bad day. Staying grateful is a powerful tool to lift your spirits and help you look forward to the next day.

It is an act that must be consistently remembered to bring about positivism in our lives. This is because life is so unpredictable. If we do not remember to be thankful for our loved ones, our jobs that fills our stomachs, our homes and lifestyle, we may be at risk of frequently feeling discontented and unhappy.

We may not live like kings in a castle or ride limousines to work but we have great families, roofs over our heads and trusty means of transport. Is that not enough? Perhaps not, but it will do for now and we can strive to improve as time goes on. With a mustard seed of faith, we can move very far.

How do we develop the habit of being grateful? Start each day with a prayer of gratitude. Learn to appreciate people around you, be it at work or at home. Make them notice that you do appreciate them. Share great moments and wins with your team. After all, they have something to do with your achievements.

Another good habit to develop is to say ‘thank you’ when others do things for you. Even bosses should do so to encourage others. This improves the aura at the office and takes away antagonistic feelings that ‘the boss is entitled and does not care…he is only concern that subordinates work 24x7’.

This habit must be carried home too. The best way for a parent to teach his children how to be grateful is to practice being thankful to members of the family. From a tender age, children will learn and this tends to be carried throughout their lives. After all, leadership is by example.