This has been a week of screw-ups for me, my imperfection showing off. . . fantastic. All of it leaves me feeling complain-y and Eeyore-y But, when we’re not feeling thankful, the gratitude of others has a way of rubbing off, contagious. Grab a helmet–because they’re gonna blow your mind–and invest time in one or both of these videos. The return on this investment = gratitude, pure gift.
1. Everything Is a Present – Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer practices the piano for three hours each day. She has a story that puts everything in perspective. Stick with it to the end where she teaches gratitude–with beautiful giggles throughout.
2. Michael Keaton’s Golden Globe acceptance speech (Start at around 2:13 on the clip) – We’ve all seen people get up to say thanks for an award–the thing that this blog is all about–but Miachel isn’t just thankful, he’s filled with gratitude. I love how he gives thanks for the real award/reward in his life and the thickness of the audience’s silence in this thin space/holy moment as his cup overflows.
- Dare Choice 1: Write down three things that have deep meaning in your life. When something goes wrong today (as it probably will), shift your thoughts back to your list.
- Dare Choice 2: Write up or reflect on your own life story like Michael does, “My name is ___ the son/daughter of ___ etc.” Let it inspire you to write a note of thanks.