First, I got confused, and then I started noticing a pattern. And it’s a good one, in my ever-so-humble opinion!
One of my Quantum MasterMind clients recommended the book, 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik. Prior to writing the book, Mr. Kralik found himself at a low point in nearly every aspect of his life. He realized that it might be time to start focusing on what he could be grateful and appreciative of rather than all that was going wrong.
This book chronicles his journey writing Thank You notes every day for an entire year. Good things began happening in his life, and the book shares this as well. He is now a judge in Southern California.
Those who have visited my blog regularly know that I champion the idea of appreciation, in whatever form works for you. I know personally how wonderful it feels to be in a state of appreciation, and how easy it is to get there, even when there are lots of things in our lives that could stand further improvement.
Here’s the thing: We are always in process of becoming. We never get it done because there is always more possibility for improvement. So, when you allow yourself to be in process AND take time to appreciate where you are, who has joined you on the journey, and what you have to share with others, it makes the process even more enjoyable!
So, when my client first recommended this book, I thought he was referring to The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha based on his blog 1000AwesomeThings.com after I had seen the author’s video speaking at TEDxToronto 2010. Here, too, the author was in a pretty tough place in his life where he could have focused on what was not going well, but chose to spend a little time each day appreciation the free, simple, and rarely appreciated aspects of our lives. He’s only completed about 2/3 of the list, but here’s the author speaking about the book:
But as I was trying to figure out if 365 Thank Yous was the same book/author as The Book of Awesome, I remembered that a woman had started 29 Days of Giving and wrote a book about that!
If you haven’t heard of Cami Walker, she had been diagnosed with MS and took the advice to give a gift, no matter how small, every day for 29 days. As her health began improving, her depth of appreciation grew, and she started the website to share the stories. Now, the site has 13,000+ members worldwide who are committed to finding ways to give to those they love and even strangers. Her book, 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life, shares the full story.
Can you see why I was confused?
Yeah, I know, it’s hard to believe. I’m getting confused over books, videos and resources about being appreciative and taking appreciative action! Come to think of it, what an AWESOME thing to be confused about, wouldn’t you say?!?
There’s no better time than now to express your appreciation! With all the books, blogs and videos touting the powerful and transformative acts of Appreciation in the form of thank yous, acknowledgment, and giving, there are now many great examples…how will you choose to express your appreciation? Do you have another resource you’d like us to know about? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below…