William Arthur Ward is quoted as saying, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
And so, I hope you will permit me the luxury of beginning this podcast with a communication of gratitude to everyone who has been such an instrumental part of the release of my recent book, "Over Coffee." The turn out for the debut was wonderful, and thank you to all of you who were unable to attend, but who forwarded you thoughts and encouragements. Thank you to my editors, reviewers, financial supporters, creative designers, and everyone who made the book and the release possible at long last.
Gratitude. Gratitude is one of those gifts that we often wish people would get around to sharing with us at times, isn't it? But that seems to rarely be the way of things.
The reality is that gratitude is often more about being proactive. Generally speaking, you can't just expect people to start being grateful for your work until you are grateful for theirs.
So today think about the things that people do for you that you may take for granted: the Barista who makes your coffee, the parking lot attendant, your boss who keeps you busy and employed, your employee who keeps your business going. Take a moment to tell them how much you appreciate what they do.
You know, one of the most remarkable things about gratitude? It doesn't really cost you anything at all but the result of seeing someone who knows their work is valuable is priceless.