Life Tip #172

Experience gratitude…in your head, in your heart, and with others.

For a final note on gratitude, the next time your brain is about to complain about what you don’t have, keep the following story in mind.

Right after my son graduated from Navy boot camp a few years ago, he told me a story about one of his fellow recruits.

Like all new recruits in all branches of the military tend to do, my son and his friends saw their sleeping quarters on that first day of boot camp—with those stereotypically miserable-looking bunk beds all lined up in tight rows, no privacy whatsoever—and moaned about how unpleasant the beds and living arrangements were.

Everyone, that is, except this one kid. This kid was excited because he would now have a bed to call his own. You see, this young man was homeless prior to joining the Navy. What everyone else saw as misery, he saw as a blessing.

Perspective. Gratitude.

“People are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”


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