Estes Park - Rocky Mountains Snow Capped

Learning to Be Grateful

Over the weekend, my wife and I went to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. If you haven’t gone there, I recommend visiting the Park – it is a majestic and relaxing place where as one young man used to say “God’s Nature” is on full display. The magic of Rocky Mountain National Park isn’t just its raw beauty but how it can put things into perspective – from running wide-open at work to just “being” in the Park and reflecting on the many things we all have to be grateful for.

While in Estes Park we went into a coffee and book shop where there was a lady very disgruntled about her cappuccino and carrying on like this was “the worst thing ever” and her life was shattered. As I watched and listened to this person so obviously and deliberately victimized by renegade coffee grounds, the following saying that I’ve found to be very true in life (and in business) ran through my mind: “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.” Then I saw a cover for a journal with words that seemed to nicely sum up the juxtaposition of being privileged to be in such a beautiful place, having access to a cappuccino and being able to afford one and, instead, being so devastated (oh the drama!) that her coffee wasn’t perfect. I resisted the urge to buy the journal and give it to the lady, but I’d like to share the words on the cover with you.

“OKAY, FINE, I’M GRATEFUL! A journal to catapult me from my default position of griping and negativity to the long-resisted stance of counting my blessings, because it turns out that focusing on the positive actually might be better for my mind, body, and spirit, in no small part because unhappiness is the gap between expectations and reality, so even though this whole gratitude thing feels like a bandwagon on the woo-woo train, the fact is that deep down I’m ready to start looking at the roses rather than the thorns, and if you absolutely force me to admit it, I will see that in actuality I do have so very much to be grateful for.”

Inner-Truth Journal

Hopefully, you also realize all that you have to be grateful for. But, if you don’t or maybe could use a little attitude tune-up, might I suggest that “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life!” could be worth considering?