Being grateful doesn’t have to be some grandiose thing. Examine little pleasures and let them land in your awareness.
—Calm App Reflection
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Take a deeper plunge into your senses today. Note what you are seeing, feeling, hearing, tasting, and smelling.
In just the past few hours I…
- Saw sunlight reflecting off a lake
- Felt my soft pillow and cool sheets against my skin
- Heard the sound of falling rain
- Tasted my favorite oatmeal on-the-run breakfast
- Smelled fresh coffee brewing
What are some of the little pleasures you experience throughout your day? How can you be even more present and grateful for the blessings we often overlook?
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May your day be filled with celebration
and gratitude for all that you are,
all that you have.
Make a plan to create and savor more downtime. Discover and experience where less is often more.
—Calm App Reflection
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What will you contemplate or savor during your next downtime?
Learn to press the pause buttons of life, to cherish and savor these quiet moments — reflect and contemplate your life.
Examine the richness and abundance all around you, and develop an attitude of profound gratitude for the wondrous miracles that surround us.
When we unplug and pause, new things begin.
What will you do to carve out more downtime in the days ahead?
How can you more fully experience pauses in your days to savor the richness and beauty of these special moments?
“Don’t do hard things alone.”
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Wendy and I are in the process of doing a very hard thing. We’re moving from Michigan, our home for 34 years, back to Pennsylvania, to be close to family and friends.
This decision came about due to several factors, including my capacity to coach from anywhere with a solid Wi-Fi signal.
We have so many people to thank and are quite clear that trying to list them all by name would surely leave a few out, so here is the general list of the villagers who came to our rescue:
|Family – especially our children
||Storage Unit Professionals
||Home Buyers and Sellers
||Coaches and Mentors
Where have you — or where are you — in the process of doing something hard?
Who are the people to thank or request additional aide to pull off the monumental moves in your life?
“The reality of where you are is always more important than the ideal of where you imagine you should be.”
Jeff Warren, Canadian author and meditation teacher
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For the past few months, I have added Calm’s daily trip to my meditation practice. Jeff Warren, the author and narrator of these ten-minute segments, put the practice of meditation and mindfulness into an edgy and contemporary perspective, which I find novel and engaging.
Today’s quote is satisfying and reassuring. It reminds me to more fully appreciate where I am and what I have. This feeling and knowing helps in my happiness efforts and expands my capacity for gratitude.
How would embracing the idea that “someday” is not actually a day of the week help you live more fully today? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves — we might miss something very important.
“Nobody notices what you do until you do not do it.”
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How tired do you feel at the end of a long, challenging day?
Before you head to bed tonight, look at all you did personally and professionally to serve and support others.
How much gratitude and sincere appreciation came your way?
Alternatively, how much and how many of your efforts seemed to be taken for granted or were simply expected by those around you?
Who would notice and what would they notice if you did not fulfill your duties?
Now reverse the situation and look closely at what all the people in your world do for you. Where are you missing or taking for granted the multitude of efforts of others due to your ingrained expectations?
These days, perhaps more than ever, we need to see all people as essential workers who make our lives much better for their generous efforts.
How might paying closer attention to the big and small efforts of others, and a few more words of acknowledgment and appreciation help all of us fall to sleep tonight with a smile of satisfaction?
“Why do you get up in the morning?”
—Dan Buettner, New York Times-bestselling author
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I like to start each day as purposefully as possible to learn and grow, to express gratitude and especially to find ways to serve others.
Writing The Quotable Coach post most mornings over the last nine years is one important expression that meets all of the criteria. Today I am getting up a bit early to go shopping for food for us and a close friend.
What are some of the important reasons you get up each morning? What goals and intentions empower and energize you, make your day special for yourself and others? How will spending your day this way put a smile of satisfaction on your face when you lie down to sleep tonight?
Consider exploring the 2200 Quotable Coach posts that are sorted by categories. Please consider sharing this resource with others whom you wish to support and serve in the coming year.
It’s been over nine years and 2,200 posts – I am motivated by your continued readership and grateful for your comments.
Over the years, we’ve looked at motivational quotes covering nearly 200 categories or topics. Take a look at the right sidebar, scroll down till you see “categories” and take your pick!
May your days be filled with Thanks-Giving.
“When you take things for granted, the things you are granted get taken.”
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How true is today’s quote for you?
Please don’t skim over this one or move on too quickly to your busy day.
Take a 2-5 minute pause now—or at a break you give yourself today—to examine some or all of the items on the following list, for yourself and others in your world:
• The Environment
• Social Justice
Consider replying to this post with your thought and feelings.
What additional categories would you add to this list?
What specific area and what specific action will you take to more fully demonstrate your gratitude for all you’ve been given?
“Be grateful for people’s complaints. Turn a complaint into a question.”
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We all complain from time to time. I’m sure you see a bunch of whining and complaining within your various communities. How often do you think or even say some expletive aloud, to silence all the negativity?
Effective coaches and communicators know the value of questions, especially open-ended questions that can have the power of an “off” switch of negativity and an “on” switch of possibility.
Consider the following questions, and perhaps make up a few of your own:
- How would you like things to be?
- What could you do to improve the situation?
- What ideas do you have to resolve this issue?
- Where could you look for solutions to this challenge?
- What alternative approaches can be taken to improve things?
How can you find more silver linings and gratitude in the complaints you currently experience?
How can the right question at the right moment be used to move your world forward today?