Gracious Gratitude
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Gracious Gratitude

Day 969

Words Matter

Ugh. I have to go to work.

How many times have people uttered those words? Yes, I’m even referring to those people who skip around on irritating sunbeams chirping about how much they just LOVE what they do and how it’s not work at all.

Sorry, folks. I adore what I do and there are some days that it’s just a grind. That’s a fact.

Here’s the thing though. In the middle (well, hopefully middle or maybe even more than half way through) of a global pandemic that has resulted in the shuttering of millions of businesses, those who are lucky enough to still have jobs, should be flipping that script.

You don’t have to to go work. You get to go to work. That’s right. You have a job? You are now officially privileged in the vast picture of the global economy.

It’s easy to glance across social media at the myriad posts from people diligently making use of their “downtime” to learn languages, cook more, redecorate their homes, play with their kids.

That’s lovely. Truly.

While I’ve certainly had some time to hammer out a couple of long-standing to do list projects, for the most part the last five weeks of my life have been focused on one thing — keeping my small business alive. To me, every day is a privilege. I get to get up and have somewhere to go. I get to keep the engines running so that can take care of our clients and I can keep my staff employed.

The pressures are enormous. Colossal. I don’t sleep much and when I do it’s often broken with odd and exhausting dreams.

That doesn’t matter. What matters is that each day I have a purpose. Whether it’s one of the three days I’m charging forward to keep my business cranking along or one of the other days when I am musing on ways to creatively build the business … and of course, learn a new language.

Today’s Gracious Gratitude. I am grateful for:

  • The things that I’ve built
  • Long FaceTime catch up chats with friends
  • That my house now smells like freshly baked banana bread
  • Getting to help a friend with a new puppy
  • My dogs
  • Seeing my garden start to sprout
  • Spring weather
  • Sleep




There are studies that show a simple practice of gratitude awareness can be a real game changer for productivity.

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