A Place called Gratitude

On the same day I ran across two very different people.

One told me she knows it’s been a great day if she loses track of how many times she has said thank you (either in her head or out loud). If it was too many to count at the end of the day, that’s her idea of an awesome and successful day.

Compare and contrast her story with this one that I experience a little later in the day…

I was walking off a plane and as I passed by the captain and the flight attendants and I said ‘thank you’ to them as I (and many people) usually do. I heard the woman in front of me do the same and as we were walking up the jet bridge she turned to her travelling partner and asked him if he said thank you. He replied, “No, why should I say thank you to someone for doing what they’re supposed to do?”

I have no words.

Well, that’s not true, I have a lot of words.

But all I’m going to say is I’d rather live my life like the first person, overflowing with gratitude, thanks, praise, compliments – even for people who are ‘doing what they are supposed to do.’

Especially if it means a safe landing. (This particular flight we had emergency crews standing by because ‘the flaps were stuck’).

May your day be filled with too many ‘thank you’s’ to count!


Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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