Day 637 – Thankful for an Incredible Gift First Thing in the Morning

This is starting to line up to be the week of being thankful for something first thing in the morning!  Not gonna lie, having something amazing first thing in the morning really starts the day off in a wonderful way.

Today I hadn’t even gotten out of bed before I was smiling from ear to ear.  When the alarm went off on my watch I rolled over and grabbed my phone to check the weather.  As it powered on I saw that I had Facebook notifications due to being tagged in a post by my friend Kelsey.  Here’s what I saw when I hopped on Facebook…



Words cannot even begin to express the joy her post brought to my heart and soul this morning.  Of course the pride of recognition felt wonderful, but it was much more than that.  As I read her post I knew Dad was smiling from ear to ear for having turned his loss into a source of inspiration for others.  Starting off my morning with this helped me focus on my purpose and reminded me to live an even better day of my values today to live into her post.  Before my feet touched the floor this morning Kelsey had inspired me to be the best version of myself that I could be.

To be honest, throughout the day there were several choices that I made differently specifically because of this shifted mindset early in the morning.  I immediately viewed a long days (leaving the house at 5:30am and not getting back to town until 7pm) as a wonderful opportunity to interact with more people.  Instead of listening to a podcast I fired up The Book of Joy (earlier given to me by Kelsey) as it would remind me of simple lessons to keep in mind as I took on the day.  Several times I paused before reacting negatively and did my best to put myself in someone else’s shoes before making assumptions.  There were conversations that came out much more positively as I took time to think about how to bring more joy and happiness to others.  All in all, it’s been a fantastic day that has been made better specifically from starting the morning off with this incredible gift from Kelsey.

Kelsey, thank you so much for this gift first thing in the morning!  The impact that it had on my day and the way I interacted with others was amazing and greatly appreciated.  For reals, I have to echo what you said in your post, “You have helped me more than you’ll ever know!”  Thanks dude!!!


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