Gratitude Song with Sign Language

Here is a nice soothing song about Gratitude and Love. I really like that there is an interpreter signing for the hearing impaired! I hope you enjoy it too!

 

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Be Well.
Paul.
The Gratitude Guru

Sheryl Siler’s Interview / Conversation

SherylSilerHere is a recent interview / conversation that I had with my friend, Sheryl Siler. She recently launched her book, Snapshots: Great Attitudes & Positive Self-Talk – Conquering Your Self Defeating Self-Talk. We were fortunate enough to have Sheryl write a guest post for us, Thank You – You Rock!

I met Sheryl, her husband, and their children a few years ago. They are awesome people! I look forward to the times we spend together. One thing for sure, Sheryl has a passion for learning, enjoys teaching and inspires others with her heart of service. She is always giving, giving, giving. Sheryl enjoyed serving as Children’s ministry leader for a campus of large church in her area but realized she was hiding out there. Years prior she had felt the nudge to speak to women and then quickly shut it out because of feelings of not being good enough despite what she knew of what the bible said about her.

Her journey is the reason she founded and created hwe website, www.GrowBloomInspire.com. It’s place she encourages women to grow out of negative self-talk, fear and loneliness; bloom into the positive, confident women they are called to be; and inspire women to love themselves and then pay it forward and be an encouragement to others.

Here is a little secret for you all… Guys can get a lot out of her website as well!

Our conversation is about half an hour where we talk about gratitude, sharing, being of service to others and a whole bunch of good stuff!

Click here to listen to the interview.

 

 

Share your Passion

Share your passionMany of you know how I got started with Gratitude and the history behind me as I live my life of gratitude. This has been a process for me that literally has been going on most of my life.

The website All About Gratitude has only been around for a couple years. Through this time, it has changed and grown to what it is today. It receives plenty of traffic each day and the Gratitude Burst goes out to thousands of people every day.

Three years ago, I would have never thought I would have a website dealing with Gratitude. It just never occurred to me to do so. And I hope that it shows that I am glad I did create the site.

What is your passion?

What would you love to share it with the world, just like I am sharing Gratitude? Have you ever wanted to have your own website where you can share your passion and interact with like-minded people?I have been asked by several people if I would teach how I created my website, All About Gratitude. As a result, I put together an 8-week LIVE Coaching course that covers everything you need to know and do in order to create your own website.This is not a video course. Or a Textbook. Or a bunch of steps you follow. Or even a boring lecture style class. This will be live coaching where I step you through the process step by step. You can follow along in the comfort of your own home. No prior experience is necessary.

And, I will be leading the Coaching to a very small number of people.

Not someone else.

I will be with you 2-hours live each week where I can teach you and you the opportunity to ask questions.

If you want to be 1 of a small group of  people involved in this program (and some spots are already filled), you can read more information on the Coaching Program over at:

http://ineedhelpwithwordpress.com/i-want-to-have-a-successful-website-in-8-weeks/

Be Well.
Paul

Grateful for Friends

Source: All over the internet – But thanks, Linda, for suggesting I post this! I cannot confirm the truth of this story, but the point it makes certain is clear and valid! [Note: Although posted in the past, this has been updated with minor changes]

 

Somerville-High-School-2One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.

His name was Kyle.

It looked like he was carrying all of his books.

I thought to myself, ‘Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.’

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him.

He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.

My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.

As I handed him his glasses, I said, ‘Those guys are jerks!’ They really should get lives.

‘ He looked at me and said, ‘Hey thanks!’

There was a big smile on his face.

It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so, I asked him why I had never seen him before.

He said he had gone to private school before now.

I would have never hung out with a private school kid.

We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books.

He turned out to be a pretty cool kid.

I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends.

He said yes.

We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again.

I stopped him and said, ‘Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!’

He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke.

I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem.

He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd.

He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak.

Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great! He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.

He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous! Today was one of those days.

I could see that he was nervous about his speech.

So, I smacked him on the back and said, ‘Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!’

He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. ‘ Thanks,’  he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began..

‘Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years.

Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach…but, mostly your friends…

I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them.

‘I am going to tell you a story.’

I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told of the first day we met.

He had planned to kill himself over that weekend.

He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.

He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.

‘Thankfully, I was saved.’

My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.’

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular guy told us all about his weakest moment.

I saw his Mom and Dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile.

Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions.

With one small gesture of friendship, you can change a person’s life.

For better or for worse.

Be Well.

Top 11 Reasons to Learn Something New Each Day

gratitude_learningToday I would like to express my gratitude for leaning something new each day! I always try to learn something new so that I continue to learn and grow.

Learning something new each day is easy. Some people read voraciously and are a beacon of knowledge. Others tune in to their favorite information channel on television, listen to the radio, converse with their neighbor, or go to work to learn. However you find it, knowledge is all around you every day.

Learning new things can enrich your life in many ways:

1. Provides something to talk about. Who doesn’t want to be known for being an interesting conversationalist? You’ll have plenty of fodder to share with others.

2. Exposes you to new things. Learning about new information expands your mind. You become a more interesting and thoughtful person when you gain new knowledge.

3. You might find that one thing that makes your heart sing. For example, maybe you’ve never heard of swimming with the dolphins. But you read about it or saw it on television and planned a vacation to do it. You stand to experience something awesome just because you gained new knowledge.

4. Learning is refreshing. Learning excites your mind when you take in new info. You’re seduced to learn more and more. It’s great to feel like your mind is renewed in some way, and learning every day contributes to that feeling.

5. Combats boredom. When you learn something new, it helps you avoid a hum-drum existence. Jazz up your life simply by acquiring new information.

6. Gives you something to look forward to. If you know that each day after work, you’re going to search the internet with your iPad to research your currently favorite topic, you’ve got something to look forward to during your work day.

7. You affect the lives of others. Something you learn and share could have a profound impact on another person. At the very least, you might trigger someone’s curiosity to the extent that they delve more into a topic you’ve shared.

8. You set a great example for your children. There’s nothing that gets children interested in reading and scholarly topics like observing their parents expressing excitement about learning. Plus, seeing parents open a book, magazine or newspaper every day inspires kids to want to learn, too.

9. Knowledge is power. Sir Francis Bacon, an English philosopher and writer who lived during the 17th century, once said, “Knowledge is power.” When you have knowledge, you have the power to achieve many things. You gain something important. One of the most crucial reasons to learn something new daily is that you gain power when you do.

10. You’ll be intellectually stimulated. Get your intellectual juices flowing by opening a book or watching an information channel on television. Want to know more about carpentry? Fashion design? Ancient aliens? Find thought-provoking information and indulge. Expose yourself to topics to ponder.

11. Your quality of life will be enhanced. Learning provides you with an escape when you need it, knowledge when you seek it, and a great pastime.

There are so many reasons to gain new knowledge daily. Expand your mind, set a good example for your children and gain some power in your life. Overcome boredom, cultivate great conversation and positively impact the life of another human being. You’ll achieve all of these things and more when you focus on learning something new every day.

Leave a comment below and set an intention to learn something starting today. What will it be?

Be Well.
Paul.
The Gratitude Guru