Grateful to Be of Service
As I discussed in my first blog post for 2016, My Theme for the year is GRATITUDE! I am so grateful for all that I am and all that God allows me to be. I am grateful for beautiful things seen and things not seen in my life. I’m grateful for my peace of mind, my family, my husband and for the love and peace of God which surpasses all understanding.
Gratitude is an emotion that expresses appreciation for what one has as opposed to focusing on what one wants.
Expressing gratitude is a great multiplier because the more we are GRATEFUL for what we already have, the more the Universe gives us to be GRATEFUL for! Expressing gratitude has been shown to increase happiness, optimism, and empathy. Gratitude can allow you to see the sunshine through the rain and can offer peace in the midst of a storm.
This morning I visited Renewal House , a safe haven in Nashville for women working to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. I’ve visited Renewal House many times taking donations of clothes, housewares, food and snacks, etc. Two weeks ago I also visited Renewal House with my Sorority chapter for Martin Luther King Day of Service and spent the morning with the women who are going through the program. I gave a short presentation, “Secrets of Success” that apply to everyone, no matter where they are in life. I always feel a strong sense of gratitude every time I visit that I’m able to donate things that have brought me joy and share them with others. Last week I also enjoyed sharing that bit of motivation with the women
❒ This morning, however, in addition to feeling gratitude for all that I have, I also felt gratitude for the women and their children who have come to Renewal House to recover and keep their families together.
❒ I’m grateful that Renewal House exists to provide a safe haven and recovery program for women who really need it
❒ I’m grateful for everyone who works with these women and their families on a daily basis
❒ I’m grateful for the two caring souls who started Renewal House 20 yrs ago
❒ I’m grateful to those who give of their time and talents on the Board of Directors
❒ I’m grateful for the strong spirits of the women in the treatment program who desire a better life for themselves and their children
❒ I’m grateful that lives are being changed and restored through this program because of the love, generosity and dedication of individuals with big hearts!
❒ I’m grateful that the clothes, kitchen appliances, wall hangings and housewares that have brought me happiness in my home can now be used to bring happiness to other women
❒ I’m grateful that I’m able to offer what I have to give to help make another woman’s journey a bit sweeter 🙂
So you see, this practice of GRATITUDE opened my eyes today to not only appreciate what I have to give, but also to be GRATEFUL for everyone else that my gifts will touch and for the program that is allowing them the opportunity to do that.
What are you GRATEFUL for today?
Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.