A Wonderful Day

I recently came across a list of amazing quotes by acclaimed American poet, storyteller, and civil rights I recently came across a list of amazing quotes by acclaimed American poet, storyteller, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Since I often write blogs discussing the importance of gratitude in our personal and professional lives, I found it to be a treasure trove of inspiration. I will be highlighting a few of my favorite quotes in the months ahead, and I encourage you to share with me the philosophies and quotes that guide your life.  

“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.”

This quote reminds me of former colleague and mentor Dave Hatcher. When I had first started my consulting business, I called Dave on my drive home after a program I had conducted. I was full of excitement and energy. I now know there’s actually a term for this, called “Speakers High.” Dave said to me, “Classes are like sunsets. Each one is different, each one is beautiful and each must be experienced from a different angle.”

Now, some 30 years later, when I have a day that doesn’t go so perfectly, I think of Dave and know that the next group or program will be different and bring new energy and perspectives.

So, what better time to be reminded of this sentiment? Each day is a fresh start, and we have the opportunity to shape where we allow our circumstances to take us.

This blog is one in a series discussing the importance of gratitude in our personal and professional lives, the benefits of routinely recognizing the good things in our lives, appreciating others who have helped us, practicing gratitudesaying thank you, trying a complaint-free day, and taking a gratitude walk.

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