Saturday, November 21, 2015

Uplift: Be Thankful

Hi folks, I'm continuing my Uplift series. A short one this week but full of riches!

One way to cause your work to soar is to be thankful. We choke on our successes when we don't take the time to thank others for their helpfulness. Acknowledging others is a way of sharing your success; it's a trans-formative process. It acknowledges you did not create work in a vacuum. You are interconnected with all around you;  without the spokes to your wheel, you never go far.

Some keep a gratitude journal to remember all the great things that they wants to give thanks about. Others take time every day to be thankful. There is no best way. Thankfulness helps lift me from a depressed state and gives me hope. It helps me avoid stifling my imagination, choking my growth, and losing my joy. Being thankful makes the ties that bind to be much stronger.

Thankfulness is getting above the waves of life and surfing over a turbulent ocean. You will find your way, day by day. Complexity does not equal better. Thankfulness simplifies you and puts you in touch with the better parts of yourself. It sweetens hard work. It helps you approach work in a way is not "crazy making."

Giving thanks makes you strong, so difficult to knock over. It makes you a better person. The act of thankfulness leads you to right choices and will move you closer to wherever you want to be. A thankful heart is better than a pain reliever;  it can cure what ails you.

Finally, if you want your work to sing? Sing the praises of others. Giving honor and acknowledgement to those people who have helped you along the way. Enrich your life.
We live in troubled times; it's comforting to know that one simple act can do so much for everyone.

I will be back next week with more Uplift.

Here is the week's doodle, The Peace Monument, Bamako, Mali.

A quote for your pocket. 

Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life. Robert Louis Stevenson


Vijaya said...

Oh my, I think gratefulness is the first emotion that springs to my heart each and every day, no matter what pain or disappointments are there in my life. Thankful for you Molly -- I am a better person for having spent time with you in the most important decade of my life. I love you.

Molly/Cece said...

Hi Vijaya: I'm cultivating more gratefulness in my life. For sure, I'm a better person for knowing you. One of my favorite days of my life was attending your family's baptism. I sang with the angels that day! At least we have our blogs to check in. :) I need to come to a SCBWI conference with you. We should make a plan. I love you, too!

Vijaya said...

That Easter Vigil is etched in my mind forever, Molly! It's on par with getting married and having babies!

My plan is to become a famous enough writer so that I'll be invited to Texas! How's that?

Molly/Cece said...

The old dream remains the same. We are both world famous authors and we see each other all the time!