It doesn’t matter what religion you are, or what politics you have, if you live here in Canada we live in one of the best countries in the world.
Gratitude has a way of bringing us back down to earth, and that in itself is a good exercise. It doesn’t matter who you are, you could not have all those good things in your life without a little help! So be grateful! AND a little humble!
I am a business owner who has been lucky enough to have great partners, a great team, incredible clients, suppliers and professionals we have had the pleasure to work with. We operate in a country that is second to none, which affords opportunity to everyone. How could I not be grateful for ALL of that!
I am no spring chicken but I’m still in decent shape. I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy an interesting and varied life … different careers, living in different countries, with many and varied experiences. I could not have enjoyed any of this without my health, without the opportunities afforded to those living in the “first world” cultures. So … yes I am grateful, for all of those things!
I could go on about the million and one things in my life for which I am grateful … the ability to be able to play soccer for more than 50 years, the fast toys in my life, the friends, the family, the places I have lived! I AM grateful for all of it.
What is my message?
1. Find the things in your life to be thankful for.
2. Don’t EVER think YOU did it alone … it doesn’t matter if you are Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, The Queen of England or Wayne Rooney! We are all a product of many inputs, our place of birth, our families, our heritage, the accidents that did not happen to us, the disease that did not affect us … so ALWAYS be thankful!
3. When you have that list of things to be thankful for, keep it handy. The next time you feel sorry for yourself or just a little blue, pull it out and remind yourself of just how lucky you are!
4. None of this takes away from one of my favorite sayings … The harder I work, the luckier I am!
5. Go build on your luck … and be thankful that you can!
Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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