On the second morning of our horseback-riding adventure along the border between Utah and Arizona, I rose and shot this short video. Hear the birds and the stream, but best of all the supporting silence. The perfect sensations of peace and quiet are having a rejuvenating effect on me. This panorama might give you a better idea of the breathtaking beauty I’m encountering every day.
Granted it might not take your breath away, but the real surrounding presence of nature did mine. We camped at Dixie Forest Park at 6500 feet elevation and now we are riding up the mountain to 10,000 elevation. We will cover 17 miles today. Below zero at night.
In this 20-second message, I begin to think about thankfulness in the bitter cold of day three in the Dixie Forest.
I’m grateful for my beautiful children and grandbabies, colleagues, amazing clients, and wonderful friends. Now I can say I am also grateful for new friends. As leaders we should stop ever so often and think about what we are grateful for and never mind the conditions and environment we face.
Please don’t reserve your expressions of thankfulness for the Thanksgiving dinner table. Research clearly shows that being thankful improves your physical and emotional health. People who say they feel grateful tend to experience less stress and depression than those who don’t. Refreshing your gratitude boosts your immune system and increases blood supply to your heart.
Practice being thankful. Keep a journal of what you are thankful for. This practice will uplift your enthusiasm, energy, and awareness of all the good around you. And that will improve our sleep as well.
Don’t wait for an excursion into the wild. Be thankful every day and you’ll find more to be thankful for.
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