Our familyIt’s really easy to get caught up in complaining!  I’m often surrounded by negativity and later find myself being negative.  However, one of the easiest ways to overcome negativity is to reflect on the things that you are thankful for.  I challenge you this week to take a moment each day to think about what you are grateful for and I guarantee gratitude will take over.  It may be helpful to put a list on your bathroom mirror or on your refrigerator door, somewhere that you are sure you will see it each day.  Don’t wait till Thanksgiving day when you are sitting around the dinner table, start now! I will share the start of my list to help you get started: (It’s helpful to be specific)

Things I take for granted every day: My health; a healthy family; food on the table, clothes on my back, a roof over my head, and living in a country where we are free to believe how we want to believe.

I’m thankful for my wife who is creative, frugal and an amazing mother to my children.  She’s also a pretty mean cook!

I’m thankful for my children: Louci, Annabelle, Ellesie, Harris, Rosemary and Lottie (due in Feb) who are all unique and I love very much.

I’m thankful for my relationship with my parents and in-laws and the fact that we live so close to everyone.

I’m thankful for Chick-fil-A and being able to be a part of a company that embraces Christian values and treats everyone with honor, dignity and respect.  I’m thankful for my team members at my restaurant who work hard every day to serve our guest and each other.  I’m thankful for our guest that choose to dine with us every day.

I’m thankful for deep friendships.  (I will list names, but not here)

I’m even thankful for the simple things, like the cup of coffee I’m drinking this morning while finishing up this blog.

One characteristics that will always set  you apart as a good leader is an attitude of gratitude.  Start your day, every day, with thankfulness.

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