Welcome to a 4-Part Series called “An Attitude of Gratitude.” For the third consecutive year the SOS Leadership team is continuing its tradition of blogging about gratitude and what matters most during the week of Thanksgiving. Today SOS Leadership Co-founder and CEO Bill Moyer talks about the Seeds of Gratitude.
I love Thanksgiving! For me it is not a holiday, it is an attitude. An attitude is defined as a habit of thought and giving thanks every day for all of the blessings in my life is a habit that I choose daily as a way of life.
It is so easy sometimes to look around and see all of the things that are wrong in the world, but if you adjust your lens and see the world through the eyes of a grateful heart, you will be overwhelmed with the beauty and abundance that is part of God’s creation. I was in a hurry recently at the post office, but noticed a lady with a walker struggling to open the door. I stopped to help her and spent a few minutes talking to her. She told me how thankful she was to meet me. Not because I helped her, but because I slowed down and spent a few minutes with her. She told me how blessed she was to need a walker to get around because it forced her to slow down and experience all of the beauty in the world. That beauty is hard to notice at the fast pace we typically move at. That pace is a part of the busyness of our lives.
We can’t be grateful for things that we are too busy to experience. I am thankful this year that I live in the greatest country in the world in spite of all of its challenges. I am thankful that I live every day with the most amazing blessing from God in my wife Rose. She makes me laugh and finds great joy in all of the little things. I really understand after all of the years that we have spent together what it means for two to become one. I am thankful for that. I am also so blessed to do the work that I do, that in some small way makes a difference in the lives of others. I am especially thankful to share that passion every day with my partners, who also happen to be my son and my daughter.
I am thankful that all four of my kids are happily married and understand the commitment that “in good times and in bad, for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part” takes. I am thankful for five beautiful grandchildren who know how to bring a smile to the face of their “PopPop.”
My challenge to all of you this Thanksgiving and every day is to plant the seeds of gratitude in others, especially those special people in your life. You will definitely reap what you sow!