Living a life of gratitude

Posted on: December 9, 2013

Unpacking boxes as I moved into my new office with a much better library for sorting and identifying books, speeches, writings and yes, memorabilia of things I have saved from day one at TriVita, I came across the Gratitude Journal from Healthy Living Press, a division of TriVita. As I dug further into the material that had been stored away—the previous office had very limited space—I came across other materials including my opening speech at the soft launch where I introduced the idea of reciprocity! There was a rush of memories and emotions as I reflected on the years. But I was drawn back to the Gratitude Journal, authored by Barbara Huning, who once worked for TriVita. My thought was, can I experience gratitude when things are not going the way I would like in my world?

As CEO of a company with a large number of people connected to me, every day I am exposed to the very unfortunate things that people experience in Life. Like today I have been communicating with Sue Buscemi, who lost the love of her life unexpectedly. They were such a fabulous couple, full of life and care for others. How does Sue focus her life forward? Others close to us have lost loved ones they loved so dearly. There are those who have experienced extreme financial hardships. This past year was not anything like my 2013 New Year goals. I could not have even had an imagination big enough to create the life experiences of 2013. Can I be grateful? Perhaps you could be asking yourself the same thing? How do we experience this “good feeling of gratitude when things may not be going the way we desire or expect”?

I am reminded of the scripture that says, “in all things give thanks.” I do not believe that is saying be thankful for all things but in all things be grateful. Gratitude must be a heart attitude from which we can learn in all things. Barbara in the Gratitude Journal wrote, “Gratitude can come instantly, or from the riches reaped in the process of living and learning through the tough times. We have to stretch and grow emotionally before we can experience the gratitude for our challenges, and the reward for this effort is life-changing.”

But there are also those who are not experiencing the difficulties of life but churn and burn for more success! The passion and drive creates pressure and stress that pushes out the good feeling of gratitude. I have been there at times in my life and looking back, I know I was robbed—and no doubt robbed others around me—of the wonderful experience of the good feelings of gratitude.

To experience the good feelings of gratitude is to first begin the practice of gratitude. Johannes A. Gaertner wrote: “To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.”

As we wind down this year and enter the holiday season it is a wonderful time for us to develop the practice of gratitude no matter what we are experiencing in life. Each day can begin with the thought of gratitude and even journaling as suggested in the Gratitude Journal. Today I feel grateful for… today I appreciate… today I feel blessed by… today I feel fortunate because…

I would like to offer my gratitude. Today I am grateful for each of you who have chosen to give a portion of your life in helping the mission of TriVita; I appreciate all the effort, the time and the resources you have given; and I feel blessed to have known so many wonderful people diverse in their personalities, cultures and gifting. Today I feel fortunate that I have been given the opportunity to live out my dream and purpose of helping people experience greater wellness. I am also grateful that expressing my purpose may have in some way given others the opportunity to find and fulfill their purpose in life.

Izaak Walton offered this quote: “God has two dwellings: one in heaven and the other in a meek and thankful heart.” May all of us experience God’s presence in our hearts as we close out this year. May we experience the true joy and feelings of gratitude.


3 Responses to "Living a life of gratitude"

Thank you. Appreciate the open expression of your soul.

Hi Michael,

As 2013 winds down, we all have many things to be thankful for including continued good health and wellness.

2014 will be a big year in TriVita with many new things that ITBO’s and Customers will be excited about!

Mike Riedmiller

Dear Michael, what a heartfelt writing on your December blog. Life isn’t always easy and doesn’t always go according to each one of our personal plans. I do know one thing and have always practiced this; when life gets difficult I turn the attention from myself and reach out to help someone else. It is amazing how that simple act of kindness and helping makes my day so much better. We have so much to be grateful for and when gratitude is practiced every day the day goes so much better. We appreciate you as a person and the vision you stand for in helping people experience greater wellness.

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