The Value of Gratitude

The Value of Gratitude

My grandmother used to say to me that I should be grateful for the things that I have, be willing to change the things that need changing, and know when to accept the things I cannot change. She was a very wise lady.

I have a wonderful friend, whom I have enjoyed long conversations about life and the things that we are grateful for. I have learned so much from her and she has given me a greater love of life. For this friendship, I will always be blessed and eternally grateful. It has made me cherish things more, and has helped me to find a more fulfilling life – balancing work, family, and my personal aspirations.

The reason I am thinking about this is because I had to travel to Vancouver this week for business, but decided it would be great if my wife Johanna, would come and we could make a mini vacation out of it. We stayed in a fabulous boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver, and enjoyed a wonderful meal with her son and his wife.  While I focused on business meeting the following day, Johanna was able enjoy browsing the amazing stores and sights of downtown.

Life can be a balancing act sometimes, but if you learn (or if you are taught like I was), to try to find the positives in life and make time for those who matter most, you can end up enjoying many adventures that you would otherwise have missed. Of course, in order for this come together, you need to have someone who makes it easy and fun to view life as an adventure.  I am extremely blessed 24 years ago to have met the most amazing woman whom I am fortunate enough to call her my wife, my partner in everything, and the person who accepts me for my faults and allows me to be myself. I love singing to her in the car, traveling the globe with her, walking for hours on the beach, or quite frankly, just spending time with her.

When you have someone you truly cherish, doing those things she wants done isn’t a chore because you know how much Johanna will appreciate my efforts. I have found throughout my life that it is often the little things that we value and appreciate the most. Saying what you are thinking, enjoying a long walk, or even just a ride together while running errands allows you quality time together.  It makes the ordinary things in life more fun, and it strengthens our relationship.

My words of advice are to take a moment each day to think about what the people in your lives mean to you and communicate that to them, before that opportunity passes.  James Taylor wrote a song years ago called “Fire and Rain”. It has a verse in it that says:

“I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you baby, one more time again.” 

Don’t let that be your line one day.

Speaking of gratitude, we are having our annual RE/MAX of Nanaimo Client Appreciation BBQ on Saturday June 8,  from 11-3 pm to show our clients our profound appreciation for allowing us into their lives and for their support. Without all the wonderful people that we deal with each year, we would never have the success we enjoy. Thank you so much for your business and your friendship! Better yet, come down and let us cook you a burger and entertain the kids. We will have an amusement park for the kids and a live band for everyone to enjoy. Hope you can make it!

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