It’s The Secret

I’m here writing 6:40am in the morning.

Any day where you don’t have to get out of bed on a holiday morning is pretty damn early; unless of course you work retail.

It’s Thankgiving and if you work retail, I want you to know that I’m thankful for you.  I want to apologize for messing up the clothes you just folded.  I couldn’t help it, my size was all the way second to the bottom of the stack of 7 shirts, and when I yanked it out, the top 5 just .. well you know.. I made a mess.  I’m sorry.

6 years ago to this day, I was 28 years old and the end was near for my career at 24 hour fitness.  Little did I know, that it would all be over soon. My career would come to a screeching halt and in 18 days, my dreams of being Vice President of Fitness for the company I loved would end.

I’m seriously laughing right now.

Because what I thought was important then is so far removed from what’s important now.

I write this with a huge grin on my face because I remember how I felt.  I just shake my head thinking about how I made mountains out of mole hills.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt happier, more confident and surer of myself.

At the same time, I’ve never been more ambitious.

For the longest time, I wore ambition like a shock collar or noose.  I’d use the dissatisfaction of where I was to push me. I’d use the feelings of feeling fat drive me to lose weight.

I’m grateful.

I feel pretty damn lucky and I don’t know why it took me so long to see it.  I suppose better late than never.

That’s the secret.

Be grateful.  “The secret to living is giving.” I think I heard Tony Robbins say it.

For this to work for you, you have to make it sense for your situation.  For me it’s serving others through publishing. Writing, emails and video.  It’s this craft of expressing my voice to help others. That’s my giving.  But also being grateful for what you already have.  I have a roof over my head, I have a car that works and a job I enjoy.  I have a loving family. Hell, I have comfortable seat to sit in to write this blog post.  I have an awesome computer to write on.  I have a cup to drink coffee out of.

Okay, it’s time to film some youtube videos before everybody gets up.

Happy Thanksgiving.