Drawing Your Own Circle of Gratitude

A vicious cycle is a series of events that continues to round themselves back to one another, making a bad situation worse, usually ending up with no resolve. I recently got caught up in a circle, but it wasn’t vicious at all. In fact, I’m calling it a circle of gratitude. It’s been proven there…

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Opportunity Windows

Have you looked out your window? What do you see?   Do you see near? Do you see far? Opportunity is in the eye of the peering.   Do you see storms? Do you see blue skies? Weather changes. Forecast requires a sense of perseverance and optimism.   Do you see perfection? Do you see…

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Giving Is Easy. Receiving Is Hard.

Giving is easy. With new technologies, we can tweet, text, and click our gifts. I believe most people are good. I believe most people will offer an extended hand or a gift of time to help another. I believe many people jump in and give money to social good and causes that resonate within and…

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Entitlement is Stealing Our Future

Guest Post by Scott Savage Can I make a confession? As a Millennial, I tire when reading articles in my news feed that slam my generation. We are lazy and feel entitled. We are narcissistic. We are addicted to our phones and checking social media. We cannot commit to anything. In the words of Louis…

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Be Grateful for Second Chances

We can be hard on people. We give up when they screw up. We put them down when they are trying hard to rise up. We are quick to criticize small errors. We are slow to forgive. We ignore. We roll our eyes. We exclude. We are all guilty at times. When we are quick…

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With Gratitude to Sarah Hale, We Have Thanksgiving

It took 40 years of diligent effort by Sarah Josepha Hale for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday. To the leadership and strong beliefs of Sarah Hale, we share our gratitude. Sarah’s Story Sarah Hale’s story is one of challenge and inspiration. Her husband passed away in 1822, leaving her with five children and little…

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Holiday Purity: Let Thanksgiving Breathe

I love what Nordstrom did. They placed signs that said, essentially, we are going to honor Thanksgiving; no other holiday decorations will be put out until this holiday is celebrated! Job well done. Thanksgiving needs some breathing room. It is a special time, generally uncommercialized and focused on the simple value of thankfulness. After all,…

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How Twitter Inspired My First eBook

Last week, I made available my first ebook – Your Glass of Life: Growing. Social media instigated it. Although my life and thoughts are in the words, it came together by getting involved with Twitter and engaging fully in what this community offers. Here is the story of how Your Glass of Life came together….

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Alltop & Ignite Dallas = Excitement

It finally came; an email letting me know that Thin Difference is now on Alltop! Thin Difference is listed in the Inspiration category under Culture. I am excited to be included in Alltop and, especially, in this category. Included here are many of the blogs I respect and set a high bar in quality and insights….

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“Job Well Done” – Hollow or Meaningful?

Receiving a “congratulations,” a “thank you,” or a “job well done” from someone is usually gratifying. It is raises the individual or team satisfaction levels… usually. There is a scenario when it seems hollow and ineffective. It is ineffectual when the appreciation is sprinkled sparingly in a field of criticism and second-guessing. Pick a time…

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7 Lessons through 7 Elementary School Teachers

Most of my grade school years happened in the late 1960s/early 1970s, so some of the things that happened would not happen today. Regardless of any political incorrectness, certain lessons still rise to the top of my memories. Where I grew up, elementary school was Kindergarten to Sixth Grade. For these teachers, I appreciate their…

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Take the Time to Write a Thank You: A Few Tips

Take time to hand write a note of appreciation for gifts received. Mail a thank you note. A few tips.

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