Worthwhile Credo #6
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Worthwhile Credo #6
Display an attitude of gratitude.
Recently, I spent the night in a tiny home to experience it firsthand because I wanted to prepare to interview a guest I was having on the Focused on Success with Dave Romeo television series whose plans were to build tiny houses for homeless veterans. It was a gloomy, cold February night. Snow covered everything and it was already dark when I arrived. I had great difficulty sleeping in an unfamiliar environment. It was definitely not what I expected.
As I reflected on my night in the 8.5’ x 20’ dwelling, I realized that my viewpoint about staying there was quite different from somebody who is homeless. I was coming from a very comfortable, familiar, and — certainly by comparison — much larger residence. From my perspective, I was giving much up. But I realized that many people who have nothing and nowhere to rest their head would’ve been thrilled to sleep in that comfortable, warm bed with a roof over their head, in a safe and secure dwelling place.
About three nights later, I was checking into a hotel in Florida. As I was gathering my belongings, there was a man at the front desk who had been there even before I walked into the lobby. He was desperately trying to figure out what to do. He had planned to stay in the same hotel but canceled one of the nights of his day. Unfortunately, the hotel canceled the wrong night and could not accommodate him. I watched as the front desk attendant called hotel after hotel trying to find somewhere to accommodate the displaced guest.
Eventually, the attendant was successful and found the man a place to stay in another nearby hotel. But before that happened, I thought to myself, “Maybe I should give up my room to this man. He looks older than me. He was going to sleep in his car. It would probably be easier if I did that.” Of course, the vehicle I was renting was a very tiny Volkswagen coupe. I’m not even sure I could fit in the back seat (if you could call it that.) In that instant, I thought to myself how much nicer it would be to spend the night in a tiny home, in a warm bed, in a safe and secure dwelling place. Perspective is everything. It’s a good reminder to count your blessings and not your problems.
It’s not what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you that counts.- Tony Robbins
(This excerpt is taken from my How to Reduce Stress and Increase Your Confidence seminar seminar.) I encourage you to order my Getting Past Your Past book, which covers this topic in much greater detail.
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