The news has been pretty grim lately, so much so that I often grimace when reading the headlines. There is a lot of suffering, turmoil and disagreement in the world. I find it ironic that many of the lucky people - the ones who have a good job, health, and plenty of friends - perceive that they, too, have it bad.
If you can pay your rent, feed your family, do your job and still be healthy enough to exercise, I'm talking to you.
Instead of being stressed out that your boss is a jerk, your salary too low, your deadlines too short, blah, blah, blah...
Try stopping for a minute at the end of this article and just being grateful.
I'm not trying to get all touchy feely on you, but let's face it.
You're not running for your life.
Your home wasn't just destroyed. All that and more happened to many people last week.
Work is nothing. It is not life-threatening. Even your worst day at work is better than any day as a refugee.
If you're reading this right now, you are one of a minority of people on Earth fortunate enough to be way up Maslow's triangle. You are concerned with improving your career, or maybe sharpening your leadership skills.
You and I have no right to be dissatisfied. We can have goals and aspirations, sure, but all the while we are pursuing them we should also be eternally grateful for the blessings we have enjoyed.
From time to time, it seems to me that everything I read falls into two camps:
On the news, it's all about people being blown up, shot, chased away, or losing everything.
On business sites, it's all about earning more, getting promoted, growing sales, and getting richer.
We live in a world in which magic happens every day. Planes fly. Spaceships orbit the Earth. Physicians routinely cure patients of diseases that were hopeless until a few years ago.
I don't want to be one of those people who takes blessings for granted. I hope you feel the same way, so I'll end this article early and give you a moment to yourself...
Be generous and kind, trustworthy and clear, open-minded and adaptable, persistent and present.