Thank you for the challenges, opportunity, and beauty of this day.


How do you start and end your day? Is it with anger or sadness or happiness or gratitude?

For myself? I try to start and end with gratitude. I even remind myself about it throughout the day.

Back in 2015, one of my goals was to show more gratitude and be thankful for what each day brings to me.   I searched for a phrase or a mantra to support that goal. My vision board was covered with phrases like give thanks and be more grateful. But I was really having a hard time finding that certain phrase that felt right for me.

In going through my notebooks (you know, those trusty Moleskines that I write everything in) I found this phrase. I don’t know where it comes from. I don’t know if I created and wrote it in my notebook or if I saw it somewhere and copied it. But I like it, somehow it feels right to me. And it feels like something that can both start and end a day.

Challenges allow me to grow and be strong and I hope that I’m able to see the opportunities that are there for me.  And I always hope to find beauty in the world around me either through people or nature. I’m not sure that I’ve acknowledged my thankfulness for all of it in the past, but now I feel like I’ve found my one way to start and end each day.

But it’s not just something that I say in the morning and at night. I have the phrase written where I can see it at work. When I have a challenging customer who is pushing all of my buttons like they know a secret code, I read that phrase. I breathe deep, release my shoulders, and then remind myself to be grateful for the lesson I’m learning while I’m handling this customer.

What is your daily mantra?