When you take time for reflecting on past experiences you might surprise yourself with all you can be thankful for.
Ok, probably not. Maybe it is hard to be thankful for every single moment like the above quote indicates. You might not have been thanking anyone for those bad experiences. Do you ever reflect on what came about because of those bad ones? Sometimes the worst situations turn out to be the best things that ever happened.
A quote might be just the remedy to reflect on being thankful.
We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning. ~ Albert Barnes
If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he is going to get. ~ Frank Howard Clark
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, never have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey
I am thankful to all those who said No to me. It is because of them I am doing it myself. ~ Albert Einstein
I am thankful for the experiences.
I am close to finishing the manuscript for my first book. It has been a challenge and I like challenges. And it has been transformational. I started one book and shelved it for a later date before figuring out that this book I am now writing is the book I should be writing. The book wasn’t really on my radar until I started reinventing myself, transitioning from environmental consulting into coaching and business consulting. During the reinvention there have been great times and not so great times. That shouldn’t be surprising if you are a business owner. Usually business has its ups and downs. But that doesn’t always mean I was thankful for the downs. Some of these downs included high stress times but once I found rest and relaxation I was able to reflect. It is often during the times when we reflect on what has happened that we can then be thankful for the experience.
In the book I share many experiences in getting ahead in business. But to be successful, I have had to get past turbulent times. It seems that the times of turbulence are the most rewarding. Not that I was thankful going through them then. Sometimes you have to get past the hard times and reflect on where you are, where you came from, and the relationships made to truly be thankful. I know many business professionals who were not thankful when they lost their jobs, when a key employee resigned and they were found doing double duty, when a product launch didn’t quite go as planned, or when their work wasn’t otherwise going smoothly. But once they moved on they became thankful for that business.
As a business owner, I am thankful for all my clients, employees, subcontractors and associates for the experiences and look forward to many more experiences. In writing my book I have been embracing everything I have learned in project management and various other levels of management. I have been spending much time reflecting on some of the challenges and learning experiences. I am excited to be close to finishing my book so I can share these challenges and learning experiences with the world. Soon.
It is because of these experiences that I am thankful for the opportunity to be a writer, speaker, coach and consultant. What can you be thankful for that has given you an opportunity you might not have otherwise had if not for the moment?