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When forging character gratitude is important Qutoe by Cicero

Gratitude, The Parent of Character


GratitudeGratitude. My grandfather was a coal miner. My grandmother took care of the home, the garden, the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning and the kids. They did not have much in the way that our materialistic society today measures things, but what they did have, they were grateful for it. They had a small garden, a few cows, pigs and chickens. This provided their food. They had great neighbors, friends and family. They had a clear, cold spring for fresh water.

Grandaddy had worked in the coal mines and as a result had black lung disease from breathing all the coal dust. He trouble doing anything without getting out of breath.  Grandma had severe osteoarthritis and had a hard time getting around or using her hands.

Even with all these challenges, they were grateful what they had, plenty of food, water and good family and friends. Simple, but important things. Friends dropping in for a quilting bee. Hanging out at the service station playing checkers. A roof over their heads. Watching the ducks down by the creek. All these simple things were appreciated. For my grandparents, gratitude is the parent of character.

Above all they had gratitude.

Gratitude is the parent of character

What does gratitude have to do with character? When one thinks of character, things like trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness and compassion come to mind. Without a spirit of graciousness, the other traits are greatly diminished.

According to Cicero, gratitude is the parent of all character virtues.

Gratitude is the parent of all character virtues

What are you grateful for?

Being able to appreciate what you have is one the greatest gifts which you can give yourself. I do not mean that you must be satisfied with your current situation. But you must appreciate it and accept it. Do not settle for where you are.

What I am saying is that if you cannot learn happiness  where you are and with you have, you will never be happy.

  • Employment (self or otherwise) which allows us to support our bad habits like eating and sleeping under a roof
  • Customers and clients that make it possible to get paid
  • People that provide our food and water
  • A roof to sleep under

Learning to be grateful is the first step toward improving your life. Are you ready to start? What are you grateful for? We would love to hear your thoughts below.

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Another year is about to end and a new one begin. Let’s celebrate! What’s the cause of celebration you ask?  You survived another year! New opportunity awaits you as the year begins again. Plan now for what you want to celebrate next year! Ring in the New Year with celebration and positive thoughts.

Here are few things that might call for celebration!

What do you celebrate? Join the conversation. We would love to hear about your celebrations?

Celebrate the simple things

Grandma celebrated every day. One of her favorite sayings was, “Any day above ground is a good day.” She instilled this spirit of thankfulness, celebration and gratitude in me. I am celebrating the New Year by working out with my dojo family at Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense. We start every year by working out and then performing O Soji. Japanese for big cleaning, it is a time to deep clean and repair the dojo.

Are there areas in your life that need an o soji? Look at the new year as an opportunity to start free. Make plans to improve just one small aspect of your life every day. Say “No” more often. Focus on what is important to you and your family.

Celebrate the simple things!

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Christmas Update Weekend Coffee Share

Christmas Update

If we were having coffee, I say wow, we are well into December. Where has the year gone? I would offer you a hot steamy beverage of your choice and tell you that we have been busy this year. Moving, jobs, moving again, other jobs. Hopefully we are settled for a while.  Well maybe settled isn’t the correct term. We are mostly unpacked. Yes, most of the stuff left is mine. My lovely wife is very efficient at packing and unpacking. Me? not so much. Thus begins the Christmas update.

Weekend Coffee Share Christmas Update

Weekend Coffee Share You can sleep when you’re dead.

I would ask how your week has been and what new and interesting things you have seen or learned? It is always interesting to hear what others thoughts are. Everyone perceives things differently. Perception is especially challenging across cultural boundaries.

Gratitude is something easily crosses cultural boundaries. I write a lot about gratitude. I get the impression that a lot of people either do not have gratitude or just don’t know how to properly express it. It’s not that hard. It can start with a simple thank you. Be happy with you have. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for what you have. If you can’t be happy now, what makes you think more of anything will make you happy. Gratitude and happiness are choices.  What is your choice?

I hope your week is ending well and that you are safe, warm, happy and grateful. Often we focus on what don’t have or where we want to be and lose sight of the many great things we have in our lives. Appreciate the path you travel for it is uniquely yours.

Don’t forget to stop by Parttime Monster and check out the linky with the other Weekend Coffee Sharers. It is a diverse and entertaining group. You might even want to write your own coffee share post and join the fun.

Please share your thoughts, updates, wants, needs, things for which you are grateful etc. We love to hear from you.

Gratitude is the parent of all character virtues

Christmas Gratitude

Christmas Gratitude

state capitils and christmas compassion

Grateful to be able to travel

As a sat thinking about what to put in my Christmas letter, I thought about all the great times I had throughout the year with my wonderful wife and Christmas Gratitude popped into my head. I asked myself, “What am I grateful for?”  The fun and interesting places we have visited and the great people we have met. Traveling to a few more state capitols on our bucket list quest to visit all 50 together (27 out of 50). Some really amazing experiences like transiting the Panama Canal and hiking up to Sun Gate at Machu Pichu. I also thought about some friends who are having a rough time. Whether it is health, finances or some other issue, it make you grateful for what you have. So I thought about having a little Christmas gratitude.

While gratitude is important every day, I think especially around the holidays it is even more important. A little Christmas gratitude can go a long way. Not only do you feel better, but I believe that those around you feel better too. Being grateful seems to be a lost art to some. Sadly more of my American friends seem less gracious and grateful than those from other countries. Is this due to the media and our consumption society fueled by a steady diet of commercials and vanity TV? Maybe. That being said, all of my friends do express gratitude, some just do it better/more often that others.

Take a moment and write (yes, with a pen or pencil) a list of some things for which you are grateful. Need a little help? Do you have food? Do you have a place to live? Do you have friends? Can you read this? Can you write? Do you have water? Is there a park, lake, mountains, walking trail, etc nearby? Do you have music in your life (yes the radio counts)?

Stop looking at what you don’t have and show a little gratitude for the many wonderful and simple things that you do have. You might be surprised at how a little Christmas gratitude can not only change your day, but affect everyone around you too.

How do you show Christmas Gratitude?