Today begins “Thanksgiving Week” in our nation, so this post will be void of selling-related material and strategies. I want to step back from those activities that are important but not urgent and share my attitude of gratitude.
I am thankful to be an American. It is great to be a citizen of a nation that allows me to proclaim a message like the one I’m publishing today. With all our “warts” Ronald Reagan was right when he said, “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” Although being born here was none of my doing, I feel extremely blessed to partake in American exceptionalism.
I am thankful for generations of Robinsons’, originating in Great Britain, who understood they were the handiwork of the Creator. My attitude of gratitude extends back through all those generations who held fast to spiritual truth. This ensured that those embers remained hot and bright for me to experience. The Apostle Paul was certainly correct when he wrote; I couldn’t be surer of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what He’s trusted me to do right to the end.
I am thankful for physical health although I’m a heart attack and a prostate cancer survivor. For His purposes I’ve been allowed to survive these events. I am blessed at age 69 to be able to walk 10-12 miles every week as my exercise regimen to stay physically active.
I am thankful for stable mental health and reasonable intelligence, along with the gift of written and oral communication. This is attested to by thousands of salespeople who read my written words or attend my online workshops. I recognize I’m incapable of even drawing a breath by myself, therefore my attitude of gratitude extends to these gifts. I plan to ‘burn out rather than rust out’ as long as I am able.
I am thankful for my wife of 40 years for loving me, even when she doesn’t like me. She is an awesome partner, mother, and grandmother. Three months ago she was diagnosed with uterine/endometrial cancer and is currently receiving chemo following major surgery. I am currently functioning as her caregiver, but she deserves so much better. By the time she finishes her treatment and Christmas rolls around, my attitude of gratitude will certainly be evident through her renewed health. I can’t wait to see her sweet smile return once again.
I am thankful for my children, now adults with families of their own. They are all physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy, for which I take no credit. All four, ages 35 to 45, have earned college degrees and hold responsible occupations. To turn out as well as they have is proof once again that grace has been at work. I sure am thankful and proud of who they have become and the families they have built.
I am thankful for my six grandchildren, Alexandra, Cameron, Cade, Colton, Jackson, and Emery, ranging from age 16 to 5. If I had known they were going to be so much fun, I would have skipped the kids and had them first! My attitude of gratitude definitely applies for their physical, mental, and emotional characteristics.
I am thankful for solid finances. Over 35 years ago a mentor taught me the principles of financial independence. Because of this and my awesome spouse, we are completely debt free. This enables us to give generously to causes and organizations we believe in, while maintaining ample resources for our retirement.
I am thankful for my role as a semi-retired sales training coach and author. I very much enjoy working with salespeople and passing on tips, techniques, and attitudes I’ve learned over the past 45 years. There is a solid feeling of accomplishment to witness improvement in the performance of those I coach.
I am thankful for my spiritual life. When all is said and done this is the only aspect of life that will endure. I’m fortunate for my exposure to many mature Christians who have modeled a true relationship with God rather than just “religion without reality.” I responded to what I experienced by placing my trust in Him and His promises, which are available to all who will believe and trust in Him. As a result I am confident in spending eternity with Him when He decides my life here on earth is finished.
What are you thankful for? Try sneaking off to a quiet place for a few minutes this week and think about the things that will trigger your attitude of gratitude. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Riches and glory come from You, You’re ruler over all. You hold strength and power in the palm of Your hand to build up and strengthen all. And here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to You, praising Your splendid name. 1 Chronicles 29:12-13
————Berta is Thankful for Me! ————
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