I was listening to the radio yesterday and heard a commercial about “living with gratitude”. I laughed, because I live with Gratitude every day. Gratitude is my cat’s name. When I got him from the TJ O’Connor Animal Shelter a year and a half ago, his name was Scooter. I don’t know about you, but I can’t take a cat named Scooter seriously. I wanted to name him something that would be a constant reminder of something I’m always striving for: living a life of gratitude.
Whenever I get stressed out, I have to remind myself of how lucky I am to have what I have in my life. Having a meowing reminder makes it easy for me to remember this key to my happiness.
Do you have a constant reminder in your life that keeps you grateful for what you have? Maybe a meaningful greeting card, or quote, or gift you received can serve as your reminder. Part of living a happy life is being happy and content with the decisions you have made regarding your personal life and career. Are you happy and grateful for the path you have created for yourself? Do you feel that what you are doing is contributing to something important? If you answered no to either of the above questions, maybe it makes sense to start working towards another path, a meaningful and rewarding path that will make you feel grateful you did.
This fall, I am focusing on helping my clients create goals for themselves for 2010. If gratitude is something you are in search of, it may need to start with being grateful for taking the first steps towards a more fulfilling life. Call anytime if you’d like to setup a goal setting session or meet Gratitude in person, he’s quite a trip.