“I will need one more special thing,” he said. “Ok,” she said thinking that this is not the time of day we share Three Good Things. “I want us to be a family,” he said as he bent to his knee and offered her an engagement ring.
When my client met her fiancé, she and her daughter introduced him and his son to their nightly ritual of sharing three special things (they like to call them "special" things) about the day. She has kept me posted on Three Good Things happenings with her, her daughter and boyfriend and son but this one – this episode of gratitude – transcended the good and made it all the way to great. Three Good Things helped make a new family!
Gratitude has power beyond our imagination and conception. Some days sharing the good things feels so routine and kind of boring. Good sandwich, sunshine and happy-to-get-out-of-bed-without-too-much-trouble today. But, gratitude is sneaky. We don’t see how we are becoming tuned into the “good” so it is drawn to us and people are drawn to us because we are positivity magnets. And then the routine is accented by something great like being asked to form a family.
My client’s experience reminds me of the power – and importance- of sharing the good each day, no matter what. When it feels like a struggle or a stretch, hang in and keep pointing out the good – no matter how miniscule. After hearing her story, today I am so excited about the mundane – the sandwich, the weather, and getting up and out of bed – because I have been reminded that all the good adds up to GREAT!
Today pay special attention to the “little” good things and purposely share them. Tell someone how much you appreciate your favorite pencil, the smell of coffee, or your best fitting pants. The small things stack like blocks to form the strongest foundation for all the great that has happened, is happening and is about to happen …today is the best day ever!