What Are You Grateful For

“With everything that has happened to you,
you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat
what has happened as a gift.  Everything is either
an opportunity to grow or an obstacle
to keep you from growing.
You get to choose.”
                                                                                       — Wayne Dyer

 Wednesday morning, October 9th, 2013… I awakened precisely at 7 o’clock. A little groggy, I got up, did my morning routine, got dressed, zipped downstairs to the main floor, put on a pot of coffee. I surveyed the room, jetted down the stairs to the basement, disconnected my laptop, brought it up to the dining room, set it up, turned it on, and I was ready for my 8:00 a.m. meeting — because the gentleman I was meeting with is military-precision prompt.  Then I went into the kitchen, poured myself a cup of steaming hot coffee and realized… oh… that appointment is NEXT Wednesday!

People often tell me I’m ahead of time — but NOT usually a whole week!

But you know me! And you know I spend a lot of time laughing at myself for the goofy stuff I do, and yet again I was my own morning entertainment. So I sat down with my cup of coffee, looked through the sliding glass door at the perfectly beautiful day. I watched the soft golden sunlight detail every bit of texture on the bark of the big maple tree (that’s the one with the little helicopters that fall right?) in my yard and just felt… peaceful. Then I checked my morning email and saw that quote above by Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Luckily, I already have that mindset, and live that philosophy but it’s affirming to have your thoughts custom-delivered to you by the Universe — or in this case, Nightingale Conant — in a sensory way.

It reminded me that it had been a long while since I’d written a gratitude list. We all need to do a gratitude list from time to time. Actually, I think we should do little one every day, for a quick intentional reinforcement for ourselves and to create the happy heart we need to go through each day with a grateful, empowered attitude.

I suggest to people that they need to come up with 10 things they’re grateful for — or could be grateful for, if they chose to be. But really, if you can’t come up with 100, then you’re not really trying. But 10 will definitely get you started.

I made mine that morning, and put it here: https://www.intenselypositive.com/gratitude-list/

Check it out when you have some time,  then make your own and post it someplace you can see it, and reflect on it and recycle it when something happens that you think you can’t be grateful for. Then you can be happy by sheer overwhelming number of things:  100 good things to 1 “ugh” thing. The balance sheet is tipped squarely in your favor. What are you grateful for?

Have an awesome day.

Gratefully yours,


Kelvin Ringold

Born to John and Lora Ringold on October 24, 1953, grew up, went to school, graduated high school and joined the Air Force -- turned 18 in basic training. Did 20 years in the Air Force and retired in 1991. Moved to Syracuse, worked at University Hospital and retired from there at 55. During that 55 years... I learned some lessons, one of which is that LIFE is what we make it. I spend a major portion of my waking hours helping other people figure out the same thing. Life is what we make of it, and... "when you master your mindset, you master your life." That's my mission: living it, and teaching it.

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