301 Days ’til 40: Attitude of Gratitude (And My 100th Post!)

26 Apr

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~ Albert Schweitzer

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John F. Kennedy

People can be a challenge to deal with, a challenge to live with – both at work and home.  I find that within all the humanness comes discontent, anger, negativity, lack of motivation, small quarrels, etc.  Recently I have become keenly aware of one small quality that can drastically change the work and home environments.  Gratitude.

When I take the time to thank my employees, particularly when they are not expecting it, it catches them off guard, in a positive way.  So often we expect the negativity, the reprimands, etc.  When the thank you’s come, it will even take us back…… it makes us pause, think…… stop and catch our breath……. and then, it makes us smile.  We understand that someone understood our good intentions, someone “caught” us doing something right, someone noticed – someone cared.

A few years ago I promised myself that during the first month of school I would purposely sit down and write one thank you to a college each evening.  They had no clue I set out to do this.  It was such a wonderful experience, for me as well as for them.  As I sat down to write these notes to my colleagues, it allowed me to reflect on what it was about each individual I was thankful for and that strengthened the relationships I had with these individuals immensely.  I could reflect on the things I appreciated (and remember them in the times of frustration) and they were able to know that I really did take the time to acknowledge them.

Today, 301 days ’til 40, I want to take a moment to thank you, my readers.  With this, my 100th post, I am now 25% of the way through my 400 day journey to 40.  I have already learned so much and challenged myself – through my blogging and in other areas of my life.  You too have challenged me, with your insights and ideas – and even your corrections when you felt my ideas may have been a bit linear and rigid.  I look forward to the continued journey and the next 300 days.  Thank you for joining me on this wonderful adventure.  Your presence in my life is a gift.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder



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81 responses to “301 Days ’til 40: Attitude of Gratitude (And My 100th Post!)

  1. msmckibbon

    April 26, 2012 at 00:22

    WOW! Congrats on your 100th post!!

  2. MinkaM

    April 26, 2012 at 00:29

    Congratulations on your 100th post. And thank you for the reminder about gratitude. It’s an important lesson to relearn each day.

  3. cherylsavala

    April 26, 2012 at 00:31

    Absolutely loves this post! Yes living and creating a world of positivity and possibility is living in the present and appreciating the here and now. Gratitude is paying it forward, acknowledging our fellow man and spreading compassion in our circle for what you project you reflect.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 00:33

      Thank you! Yes, when we pay it forward, I think we get more back than we give out. Such a simple thing, yet we often do not do so….

  4. viveka

    April 26, 2012 at 00:46

    It’s all about going that extra step … for somebody. Love this post. Maybe even leave the box of comfort for somebodies. Congratulations to 100th post. If all of them has been so good .. all the time, before I found you – you have done a fantastic job.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 00:49

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of your comments, insights and encouragement! 🙂

  5. narf77

    April 26, 2012 at 00:51

    Its a momentous day for both of us. My Avaaz petition against a corrupt pulp mill being built in our valley just got 100 signees so its 100 for both of us :). I think when you pare down everything in your life like we did when we moved out to the country you suddenly learn about gratitude in a big way. After spending a whole day outside in the garden bent over removing years of neglect you are more grateful for a cold drink and to sit down and rest than to win lotto. You soon learn just how thankful you can be when your home made chicken coop actually holds the chickens in and the quolls out (Aussie version of a ferret/cat) and the sheer serene sense of accomplishment and gratitude that comes from actually effecting change where previously there was chaotic unrest is magnificent! Thats a great idea about thanking collegues anonymously. My collegue is also my husband so I dare say my anonymous thanks might get found out pretty early on in the game but its a great idea anyway. Maybe I will just thank him in person today for supporting my crazy ideas and trying to help me bring them to life. Congratulations on being 1/4 of the way to 40 and still being somewhat lucid

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 00:52

      Thank you so much and congratulations on your 100th signature! That is wonderful! 🙂

  6. Cathy

    April 26, 2012 at 00:58


  7. idiolalia

    April 26, 2012 at 00:59

    thank you for the likes! your posts are encouraging to me and so true. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:53

      You are welcome, thank you for visiting! 🙂

  8. Fiona Pimentel

    April 26, 2012 at 01:14

    Yes, it’s so important to be grateful and express this to people.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:51

      I wish more people would learn this lesson!

  9. buckwheatsrisk

    April 26, 2012 at 02:00

    congrats on you’re 100th post and stil being 39! 😉 thank you for this post it is a great reminder.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:49

      Thank you! Thank you for being a great reader and all of your wonderful comments. 🙂

      • buckwheatsrisk

        April 26, 2012 at 22:53

        you’re welcome!

  10. beverlydyer

    April 26, 2012 at 02:02

    I saw this on facebook this morning “Let go or be dragged.” Zen Proverb….love it!! Let go, give thanks, feel joy!!

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:48

      Wow, what a great proverb! I LOVE IT! 🙂

  11. wherethedaytakesme

    April 26, 2012 at 02:07

    Congrats on your 100th post. That is a real milestone. Keep on keeping.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:48

      Thank you so much! Yes, I do hope to keep on keeping on! 🙂

  12. craftythriftydecoratingwifemom

    April 26, 2012 at 02:15

    I love doing random acts of kindness! The recipients of a simple complement, especially a stranger I see in a store or something, are so blown away–positively–it’s a joy to me, too.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:46

      Yes, isn’t it fun??? Random acts of kindness are the best! 🙂

  13. Louise Behiel

    April 26, 2012 at 02:24

    Congrats on the 100th post. well done.

  14. gracealexanderknits

    April 26, 2012 at 03:12

    Congratulations on such wonderful and interesting posts may you have many more.

  15. jodiks

    April 26, 2012 at 03:14

    Congrats on your 100th post! I am looking forward to what you have to say each day. 🙂 Always an inspiration.

    It can be hard to be grateful but I try every day to find at least one thing I’m grateful for – usually something small that no one would notice. Like the dance I get from my dog when I come home. Or the feel of just out of the dryer blankets. Or chocolate. 🙂 Mmm…chocolate.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:45

      Thank you so much! You are so right, it can be hard to be grateful sometimes…. but as you say, there is always some small thing we can find (yes, chocolate is a VERY good one!!!) My personal favorite, though, remains Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby Ice Cream!!! 🙂

  16. writerwannabe763

    April 26, 2012 at 04:36

    You’re welcome and thank you also for attempting such a rigorous challenge that you have undertaken …and also taking the time to acknowledge each time someone comments on your post..It is one thing to write and receive accolades …but someting else to take the time you do in answering….Diane

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:44

      Thank you so much for your comment and compliment! It does take time to answer every comment, but I want my readers to know that if they take the time to write, I am going to take the time to read and respond to their comments because they are so meaningful to me. 🙂

  17. A Light Filled Life

    April 26, 2012 at 04:44

    Wonderful post. Don’t forget that people around you are always looking for a light. You could provide the light they need.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:44

      Wow, very true and powerful words – thank you!

  18. charlesmashburn

    April 26, 2012 at 05:05

    This is a wonderful post! Congrats on it being number 100! I agree 100% with you, too. I was a supervisor most of my lworking life, and I made an effort to use praise whenever I possibly could. I think it was a big part of the reason I was succesful in my endeavors.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:43

      Thanks, and thanks for the reminder from your personal experience that using praise is so critical when you are a supervisor to others. I know it makes a big difference, but I really do not do it enough.

  19. kissingthecockroach

    April 26, 2012 at 05:50

    WOO HOO happy 100!!!!!!!!!!

  20. rabidmongoose

    April 26, 2012 at 07:11

    I’ve only been following you for about a month, but I already feel like I’m following you on an exciting journey! Congrats on your 100th post! I also wanted to share another Ziglar tip. I’m an ENFJ personality type doing finance work…trust me, those 2 don’t mix. I experience extreme dissatisfaction with my career. One of the things that keeps me sane is a list of things I like about my job, which I created after listening to one of Ziglar’s recordings. On especially bad days I can remember with gratitude that I earn market wages, get good benefits, get to work out every day, etc. Those bits of gratitude keep me going when nothing else will.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:42

      Thank you so much! What a great idea! In fact, I am going to do that for myself with my job! (Maybe you need to write a blog entry on this!) 🙂

  21. speltforchoiceblog

    April 26, 2012 at 08:35

    Great inspirational and enjoyable to read article – and it’s all so true. So glad I’ve found your site lately. Looking forward to your next quarter of insights and inspiration. You have to celebrate today even if it’s a cupcake and cappuccino. (choc cake of course!)

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:41

      Thank you. I am also glad you have found my site! I did have a cappuccino today to celebrate!!! (That and a bacon cheeseburger, which in my book can often be better than chocolate!!!) 🙂

      • speltforchoiceblog

        April 27, 2012 at 09:22

        So long as you celebrated it that’s the important thing! I have food intolerances so bacon cheeseburger is no longer on the eating list – unless it’s a veggie burger topped with artificial or a homemade cheese variation. Which I hear you say is not the same thing at all….

  22. The Quiet Borderline

    April 26, 2012 at 12:49

    Congrats on your 100th post!

    I’m still reading 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:39

      Thanks! So glad you are still here! 🙂

  23. Kerry Dwyer

    April 26, 2012 at 13:11

    What an achievement – 100 posts in 100 days – you should give yourself a pat on the back. Look how far you have come!!
    My boss rarely thanks me, when he does I blush with pleasure and put extra effort into my job until his thanks wear off or until he un-constructively criticises something I have done.
    When I feel my students have done something really well I give them praise and the reaction is great, they work even harder to achieve that great feeling again. I hope I give only constructive criticism.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:39

      Thank you so much! Yes, I can hardly believe I have made it this far… but look forward to keeping going. I also have a boss that rarely thanks me (or acknowledges me at all, frankly)….. you are so right about your students, and I think this really transfers to anyone… when they get praise they often do want to do whatever is necessary to obtain more…. I know I felt that way when I had teachers or professors I admired.

  24. ogletterhead

    April 26, 2012 at 15:21

    wow…ur the 2nd person I read that posted 100…congratz!

  25. raganjane

    April 26, 2012 at 16:24

    I love writing thank you notes. It is one of my favorite things to do. I remember when it first started I would have to sit back and think of what I would say to each individual. Now, I see those things up front and look forward to writing thank you notes later. It’s a cool experience. Thanks for reminding me of how much I enjoyed taking part in it. Back to sending “Thank You” notes.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:33

      ME too – and I also have not written enough lately. Such a small gesture, but it goes a long way – consider it an investment in the wonderful people who surround you.

  26. anotherthousandwords

    April 26, 2012 at 16:41

    Congratulations! And thanks for finding today’s beautiful quotes…it is reassuring to know that there were, and are still, ‘sensible’ human beings.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:33

      Thank you! Yes, somewhere out there sensible humans exist (sometimes I question if I really fit into that category!)

  27. theobscurepoet

    April 26, 2012 at 20:27

    thanks for the like, i’m over here returning the favour. now going to go poke around and take a look at your writing

  28. Kate MacNicol

    April 26, 2012 at 20:39

    Congrats on your 100th post! I enjoy the theme and quest of your blog, it will be fun to follow along.

  29. shailvani

    April 26, 2012 at 20:44

    Very well written. It is appreciation that drives people and I have noticed that too. It is easy to reprimand and bring down a person, but the difficult part is appreciating. We never bother to understand the circumstances of others, but when we do put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, Gratitude comes naturally.

    • 400daystil40

      April 26, 2012 at 22:30

      Thank you, yes you are so right – it does take more effort, for whatever reasons, to praise people.

  30. New Hampshire Garden Solutions

    April 26, 2012 at 21:29

    Congratulations on your 100th post. I wondered if I’d ever make it to mine.

  31. evilnymphstuff

    April 26, 2012 at 21:48

    Wow congrats on reaching your 100th post and I wish your blog to continue in this positive and promising direction 🙂

  32. Fay Moore

    April 27, 2012 at 03:36

    My mission is to bring a bit of sunshine into one life every day. If that is my legacy, then I have lived a sensationally succesful life.

    • 400daystil40

      April 27, 2012 at 07:45

      I LOVE THIS! What a great mission and I wish we all lived our lives that way!

  33. jannatwrites

    April 27, 2012 at 07:04

    Having an attitude of gratitude not only lifts the spirits of those around us, it deepens our happiness also. I know that I’m more cheerful when I focus on what I do have, rather than what I don’t have.

    Congrats on 100 posts 🙂

  34. myfuturebluecat

    April 29, 2012 at 02:56

    The quotes are very inspiring. Gratitude is definitely one of the highest regarded emotions on my list. A person with gratitude can find happiness everywhere.

  35. Spider42

    April 30, 2012 at 15:04

    Lovely post, might even do something like this for the people around me I appreciate having in my life.
    You’re most welcome, hope I never crossed a line or said anything inappropriate – following your blog has been a great experience.

    • 400daystil40

      April 30, 2012 at 15:40

      I love having your feedback and no, you never cross a line – it is important to have all sorts of feedback….. if everyone agreed with me the world would be a pretty pathetic and boring place! 🙂 Challenging each other brings growth! 🙂

      • Spider42

        May 1, 2012 at 10:02

        On that last part, I’m glad we agree! 🙂

  36. mskatykins

    May 6, 2012 at 00:47

    I think that comment about giving notes to your colleagues is pretty cool… I feel quite inspired. I think I’d quite like to do that (especially as I am close to leaving my job). I might accompany them with a little doodle. 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      May 6, 2012 at 01:04

      :). I have to remind myself to do it more often!


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