That Gratitude Attitude – The Class

 gratitude class 1The Gratitude Attitude Class

When: December 7th from 9am-1pm.
Where: Motivational Institute of Hypnotherapy 8969-A Complex Dr. San Diego, CA 92123
Advance Registration Required: http://bit.ly/1izmFcP
Registration Fee: $30
Join us for a 4 hour class on creating a daily practice of gratitude Learn the language, the psychology, the self-talk, and the other strategies for viewing the world and all your circumstances through grateful eyes. Learn exercises to refocus on the positive and to leave the negative thoughts behind. Using NLP, tools from her practice as an RMT coach, the latest though leader concepts in teaching gratitude, this will be a lively, fun, and positive experience to all who participate. Seating is limited. Please register and reserve your seat now. 
Facilitators:

 gratitude class 3 Lin Laurie – Author of That Gratitude Attitude , and upbeat motivational speaker, Lin has been writing and creating a following for people who want to attract gratitude and all the good that is in the universe to their lives. She is a RMT life coach, trainer, and speaker who loves talking about gratitude and sharing her knowledge with others. Questions about the Class?  Contact Lin Laurie  Cell: 858-736-7121  Home/Office: 858-246-7347
 gratitude class 4 David Block – Dave is The Gratitude Guy and is the founder of GLADD.  It stands for: Gratitude, Love, Awareness, Determination and Devotion. He is also the leader of an Annual Gratitude Retreat at Deer Park Monastery and is becoming a thought leader whose focus is in creating a grateful planet.
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Gratitude Tour 2014 – Day 5

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I’m discovering on this journey that life is made up of years that mean nothing and moments that mean it all.  I know it’s hard to accept, but you can’t change the past. You can’t go back and manipulate things to the way you wanted them to happen. But you can change the future and that’s a beautiful thing about life. So, I’m so grateful that I have made the commitment to live my life with passion and share this love I have with others.

Now please join me for the final home stretch of this amazing Gratitude Tour.

Welcome to Gratitude Tour 2014 – Day 5

PENNSYLVANIA – Shanksville – Philadelphia – NEW JERSEY – MARYLAND - Baltimore – DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – Washington D.C. – VIRGINIA – NORTH CAROLINA – Camp Lejune

Driving Time: 13 hours

Miles: 788

As we awoke around 8:00am on this Wednesday morning, my first thoughts were to thank God for providing us with a most pleasant, relaxing rest that Marcus and I both needed. Hunger provided our first course of action, as we appreciated the complimentary breakfast the hotel provided consisting of: waffles, toast, fruit, eggs, juices, cereal, and yogurt.

i-76 mapWe left Pittsburgh just after 9:00am with Marcus behind the wheel as we drove I-76 toward Philadelphia. Along the way I began to see signs to visit the crash site of UA 93 when we stopped for gas in Somerset. Not planning to make any stops, Marcus and I felt compelled to make a stop in Shanksville to visit the memorial.

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It was an emotional visit, remembering all the brave men and women who gave up their lives but became instant heros for the courage they had to make a difference and stop a further terrorist attack on 9/11.

 

We then continued on I-76, arriving in Philadelphia around 5:30pm.

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2014-07-02 15.11.52philadelphia2014-07-11 10.44.34Being Rocky Balboa fanatics, the first thing we did is run up the Rocky steps in front of the Museum of Art. It was a dream come true for me and to share this moment with Marcus was extra special.

rockyI remember in 1976 going to see Rocky at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles with my father and brother Chuck.  What a trill it was, to be cheering for Rocky, and feeling so inspired! In 1982, I went to opening night of Rocky III with my high school friends at the Bruin Theater in Westwood.  Afterwards, I formed the “YO” club, I know, pretty stupid, but I still have one member active, besides me. A big highlight for me was being an extra during the boxing scenes for ”Rocky Balboa”, that were filmed at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in December of 2005. I remember the crew telling us to shout, “Rocky, Rocky, Rocky”, that was awesome. I even shook hands with Mr. Stallone himself. What an honor!

But the most special moment was when I had the opportunity to go see Rocky Balboa opening night  in 2006 at the Palm Promenade Theater in San Diego with Jon, Marcus and my son Chris.  To share the love and admiration for this fictional character with my family was amazing!

rocky balboa 6I am so grateful to Mr. Sylvester Stallone for creating such an iconic character to inspire us.  I just love the Rocky story because it gives us all hope that as long as we keep reaching higher and challenging ourselves, there’s an opportunity to go the distance in our lives. Give it every bit of what you’ve got in you, and let the chips fall where they may. Have no regrets and use your life for something that inspires you. Many people tell us to ‘play it safe’ – but what matters is that YOU know you’ve given your very best. Our hope and our faith are challenged constantly, but true character and underdog spirit is demonstrated by how you can take the hits and keep on swinging. Because the journey IS the destination; it is not just the road you travel to get somewhere else. It is the destination in itself.

And so my friendly advice is to decide what your dreams and desires are in life and just make them happen.  Or as Rocky would say “Go For It”.

Afterwards we drove to the Italian Market where Rocky ran and Marcus reinacted the scene by doing his own version. Very funny!

GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 105We also experience another first for us, our first Phily Cheestakes at Gino’s as the rain started pounding us.

We originally were going to overnight in Philadelphia, but the news of Hurricane Arthur making landfall in North Carolina on the day I was planning to leave, changed our plans.

With Marcus driving at first, we drove into New Jersey, Maryland, and passing through downtown Baltimore so we could see Camden Yards, home of the Orioles as well as Ravens Stadium next door.

GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 107GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 108We then continued into Washington DC, arriving at 2:00am. Marcus had never been here before so we made a quick midnight tour. We briefly stopped to see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the State Capital.

GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 110We then entered North Carolina about 4:00am, passing through Richmond. We finally reached our final destination, Camp Lejeune at about 8:00am, tired and in need of a shower. Marcus gave me a great tour of the base. After, Marcus was kind enough to invite me to breakfast at the Waffle House.  It was then time to drive to the airport in Jacksonville, NC for my flight back home. But the weather had other plans, as flights were being cancelled due to the hurricane. So, we drove to Wilmington, NC, while experiencing a torrential downpour, on our way to catch a flight that so far was a go.

Being a little nervous, with the possibility of experiencing my first hurricane, I had mixed feelings when the airline announced that boarding was about to begin.

It was now time to say goodbye to Marcus. We hugged each other, as uncontrollable tears started rolling down our cheeks. I know the memories will last forever for both of us.

WHAT A JOURNEY!

On the plane, all the memories we shared as the “wolfpack” were all coming back to me. Like experiencing the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon, walking through the cornfields in Iowa, enjoying Chicago at night, bonding time at the Football Hall of Fame, enjoying a Pirates game, Philadelphia and the Rocky steps, and being able to reach our final destination in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

This was truly such a memorable journey and I’m so thankful I was able to share it with all of you, my grateful friends.

Until the next Gratitude tour, I bid you farewell for now. But remember to Make each day count and live with passion! Start ALLOWING good things into your life NOW by being grateful for what you already have. You will be so surprised how your life can change is so many BEAUTIFUL ways. If more people would use the power of GRATITUDE, this world would be an amazing, truly empowering and more loving place to live.  Why don’t we all BE THE CHANGE we wish to see in the world.

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Gratitude Tour 2014 – Day 4

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 But I’ve found a driver and that’s a start! ~Beatles (Drive My Car)

I have never been one to stay up all night without any proper sleep.  In fact, in my whole life, the number of times is less than the five fingers on one hand. But as I continue living this beautiful gift of life, it’s just simply awesome to do things you have never or hardly ever do. It keeps life interesting and refreshing!

Welcome to Gratitude Tour 2014 – Day 4

MICHIGAN - Detroit – OHIO – Canton – PENNSYLVANIA – Pittsburgh

Driving Time: 9 hours

Miles: 588

After leaving the Hookah lounge in Chicago, I was feeling tired and sleepy. I was NOT going to drive.  So someone had to step up and drive us the 4 plus hours to Detroit.

There is no need to fear! Super Jon is Here!

Yes, Jon, the man of wheel, used every ounce of energy he had left to take control of the driving.

Passing through the state of Indiana, we reached the Michigan state line at about 230am.  Tired as I was, I only remember we were driving on I-94 and we passed through Ann Arbor, MI.

But after a little “rest”, I began having mixed feelings for one of our wolfpack, Jon, would soon be leaving us. I started thinking back a few months ago when Marcus and I were just planning this trip. I worried if we could do this just by ourselves. But when I found out Jon could make the time to join us, what a beautiful feeling I felt inside. This was my first ever cross country experience, and to share it with Marcus and Jon would be truly special. After all, God only knows if we ever would have another opportunity to do something quite like this again.

GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 059We finally arrived at the Detroit airport at 5:30am. Marcus helped with Jon’s lugguge as we walked to the ticket counter to check Jon in for his flight back to San Diego. We said our last good-byes and gave our last bear hugs. Thank You and Happy Birthday Jon for being there for us! GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 060

It was now up to Marcus and I to finish the tour. After we left Jon off, we passed into the state of Ohio at 9:30am, and stopped for snacks and to refill the car with gas. Our next stop was Canton, Ohio and a visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

nfl teamsAre you ready for some football!  The most action-packed exciting sport, the ultimate team game. I love football because of the feeling of togetherness, we’re all there together with the same hopes, fears & expectations.

nfl the catch 2nfl immaculate receptionmarcus allenMarcus and I  were definitely ready! So many great players and coaches. When I think of great moments in NFL history, I of course remember Joe Montana and “The Catch” to Dwight Clark, or the Immaculate Reception by Franco Harris. But what stands out for me is attending Super Bowl XVIII in 1984 with my father. To witness Marcus Allen’s 74 yard touchdown run as we cheered the Raiders on to victory was a moment I will never forget. Thank you Dad!

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Walking inside the Hall of Fame was a breath taking experience to appreciate the greatness of the men who played and coached this great game of football. We even had the opportunity to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium and re-live some of the great plays in NFL history.  I was really excited for Marcus as this was his first time, and the experience of sharing this moment with him was priceless.

Leaving Canton at 3:15pm, we started driving toward our overnight stop in Pittsburgh, PA, a mere 98 miles and 2 hours away. I took over as the driver and let the GPS guide me. Take OH-172 E, OH-517 E, OH-558 E, PA-51 S, and I-376 E into Pittsburgh.  Piece of cake!

Enjoying the back roads and beautiful scenery, we entered the state of Pennsylvania , arriving in Pittsburgh about 5:30pm. We were excited being in the ”The Steel City” as this was our first visit.

We checked into the Hampton Inn Pittsburgh/Greentree, very tired, and muchpittsburgh hampton inn appreciated to have a room to get some rest. But our rest was short lived as we hurried to eat the complimentary lunch items in the lobby and hop on the 6:30pm courtesy shuttle to downtown. The shuttle left us three blocks from PNC Park, our destination to see a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the hometown, Pittsburgh Pirates.

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What a beautiful classic-style ballpark,  so intimate, perfectly located to take advantage of the downtown skyline and riverfront. We even witnessed an exciting game as the Pirates trailing 2-0, scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win the game 3-2. Way to Go Bucs!

 

After the game, being a warm summer night, we walked the downtown area and found a place for some much desired ice cream. Sorry, the diet will have to wait!  We then headed back to the meet up point to catch the shuttle back to the hotel. Arriving at our hotel room safe and sound about 10:00pm, Marcus and I had a few moments to have a deep discussion about life before we both fell asleep out of exhaustion.

Well, another day has come and gone.

Stay tuned for Day 5 and the final day of the tour!

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Gratitude Tour 2014 – Day 3

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Day 3 - Gratitude Tour 2014 - Kansas City – IOWA – ILLINOIS – Chicago

Driving Time: 7.5 hours

Miles: 526

SLEEP!  So important and yet we just can’t get enough of it. Moving from one place to another in order to make the most of your time can be a grueling experience.  But when your travelling with a purpose and a passion, everything feels so right.

Welcome to Gratitude Tour 2014 – Day 3

gratitude guy meditating with marcusAwakening at 9:15am, I felt tired but rested. Needing more energy,  Jon graciously led Marcus and myself in a much needed 10 minute meditation to clear our minds and allow our spirits to soar.

Checking out of the hotel around 11:00am, the first thing we did is locate a local auto parts store in Kansas City.  Marcus bought a pack of bulbs for the car license plate that our friendly police officer in Arizona suggested we do.

Before leaving, Jon spotted a cornfield across the street, something us Californians are not used to seeing. Walking through the cornfields felt so amazing, just like a scene from the film ”Field of Dreams” with Kevin Costner. Pretty cool!

iowa with marcus iowa with dave 2 iowa with jon 2Once we got back on the road again, Marcus started driving I-35 North, as we soon entered into Iowa.  Being the first time in our lives that any of us have ever been into this state, we took the opportunity to celebrate this occasion.

But as soon as we entered the state, we were greeted with the most torrential rainstorm GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 044I have ever witnessed.  It was raining “cats and dogs”! In fact, when we soon stopped for gas, the pumps were not working as the storm knocked out the power.  Driving through this ferocious storm, we thankfully made it to Des Moines, and stopped at a Red Robin to savor a most delicious lunch. Bottomless steak fries with every meal, that’s the ticket!

GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 051After lunch, I took over as the driver and headed on I-80 East toward Chicago. But not before stopping to enjoy a moment at the Illinois state sign as Jon reminded me that the ”s” is silent in Illinois, a word with French origins.

Then the rains came, with lightning and thunder following behind.  About 30 miles outside Chicago, Marcus captured an amazing lightning storm on video.

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My kind of town, Chicago is, lyrics song by the great Frank Sinatra, kept repeating in my head as we arrived in Chicago at 8:30pm. We parked the car at 505 N. Michigan Ave.

 

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We then walked in the rain toward NBA great Michael Jordon’s Steak House. Our admiration for this fine dining restaurant started with the ambience. At various locations, motivational signage was displayed.  We ultimately decided to entertain other dining options, but not before sitting at Michael’s preferred table.

 

GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 057As we continued walking in the rain, we found a place that served one of Chicago’s most famous cuisine. It was a first for Marcus as we entered an Uno Pizzeria and enjoyed deep-dish pizza. We talked, laughed, and really enjoyed this moment. How grateful we felt on this long but beautiful journey so far.

Since this was going to be an ”all nighter”, Jon and Marcus decided to invite me to experience something different. We visited a Hookah lounge, something I knew nothing about. It was interested to say the least. I have never been a smoker but greatly support people who want to quit smoking, as the experience left me with an uncomfortable coughing feeling. Knowing this would be my first and last experience with Jon and Marcus in this type of lounge, I took a moment to pause, reflect and appreciate as we stayed until closing time at 1:00am.

It’s amazing how fast the time goes when your really enjoying yourself. This serves as a perfect reminder to use your time wisely as another day has come and gone!

Our next stop, Detroit, Michigan.

Stay tuned for Day 4!

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Gratitude Tour 2014 – Day 2

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Day 2 – Gratitude Tour 2014 – NEW MEXICO – Albuquerque - TEXAS – OKLAHOMA – KANSAS – MISSOURI – Kansas City

Driving Time: 12 hours

Miles: 788

When does the word crazy become relevant or maybe absurd sounds even better. I mention this because Day 2 was going to be one of those days.

Please allow The Gratitude Guy to explain.

Before I could even make this journey happen, I had to request and receive days off from work. Normally, I have found a way to make it happen. But this time, no matter how hard I tried, I could NOT get off Sunday, June 29.

But at the same time, I want to acknowledge how grateful I am for the opportunity I have been given to work for an airline and be able to utilize the benefits they provide. In fact, I used to tell my former girlfriends “Marry me and fly for free”. So far, I have no takers.

So given the circumstances, I would have to leave the tour early but just temporarily.

Welcome to Gratitude Tour 2014 – Day 2

albuquerque pictureAs midnight began on Sunday, Marcus, Jon, and myself were still in Arizona, passing Flagstaff as we continued on I-40.  While being the driver, we passed into New Mexico as we steadily began seeing mileage signs toward Albuquerque. About 100 miles before, I was out of energy as I asked Jon to takeover.  He drove us through Gallap, NM and finally into Albuquerque, arriving at the hotel at 4:15am, but losing an hour as we passed into mountain time.

We checked into the Plaza Inn and headed to the most beautiful room, three exhausted travelers ever saw.  Only this traveler, me, was able to enjoy luxury for just one hour, as I had to report to work in San Diego at 9:00am PST.abq airport

With a blown up mattress to rest on, I arose at 5:30am, as my two travel companions were sound asleep. After a wakeup shower, which helped somewhat, I took the 7:00am hotel shuttle to the Albuquerque airport.

Feeling groggy and have awake, I passed through a short security line, and headed to the gate. I then sat down and starting finding myself wanting to go into deep sleep stages. I kept waking myself up but helplessly nodding off.

“Boarding all passengers for San Diego”, the gate agent said, gratefully awakening me as I was the last one to board!

san diego airportWhen I took my seat onboard, I instantly feel asleep and don’t remember anything until  I heard a flight attendant ask me if I wanted something to drink.  I asked for a orange juice. And quickly fell back asleep.  I arrived in San Diego at 8:45am, rushing from Terminal 1 to 2, to clock in for work.  Mission accomplished!

But I felt like I deserted my “wolf pack” as I wondered how the day would unfold for them.

Here is a synchronized timetable of the events for the day 

albuquerque-airport-28:00am – I departed Albuquerque on a flight to San Diego

8:15am – Marcus and Jon awake to get the complimentary scambled egg breakfast at the hotel before they stop serving at 8:30am. They return to the room and fall back asleep.

9:00am - My shift begins by checking membership credentials, serving beverages, and cleaning up the bar and service areas

11:10am – Marcus and Jon left the Plaza Inn Hotel in Albuquerque to get gas, outside a Love’s restaurant

12:30pm – I took a much needed break. Setting an alarm on my phone, I began napping for 30 minutestexas state picture

1:40pm -  Marcus and Jon cross into Texas

2:30pm -  My shift is over as I rush to catch a flight

oklahoma picture3:35pm -  Marcus and Jon reach the Oklahoma state border

3:50pm -  I attempt to get on a flight but no space is available

5:40pm – Marcus and Jon stop off at a Chinese Buffet in Oklahoma for $8.55 per person. Jon was excited to be able to speak his Chinese and Spanish to the staff

5:45pm -  Hungry and tired, I purchase a Chicken Caesar Salad for $12.00 at the airport.  Ouch!

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6:45pm – I get a boarding pass for a 7:00pm flight to Kansas City, Mo.  As soon as I find my seat, I remove my travel pillow from my carry-on bag. Within minutes, I am out!

9:15pm – Marcus and Jon reach the Kansas state border. Marcus took this amazing picture of Jon! Discussions included: family, women, life and listening to Chris Rock and Kevin Hart.

 

kansas city picture11:50pm – I arrive at the Kansas City airport, wait for a courtesy hotel shuttle to theFour Points Sheraton, arriving at 12:30am.

As I lay down on a very comfortable bed, I started to have feelingsfour points sheraton kc of gratefulness to God for guiding me through this day. I had major concerns before the tour started about whether I should just cancel this all together, or schedule another one down the line.

But I forgot one thing.

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The night before the tour started, I took a powerful moment to make a firm commitment that whatever obstacles came our way, I was ready to face them straight on. What made this decision even more powerful is that I decided to surrender and free myself from painful emotions. And the beautiful thing that I found out was that I was left with a very empowering feeling of LOVE.

How beautiful it feels to know that your cared for!

So as tired as I was, I managed a little sleep, but was anxiously waiting for my two tiredMARCUS IN MISSOURI but POWERFUL travelling partners who did not arrive until 3:30am.

What a day!  What a journey so far!

Stay tuned for Day 3.

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Gratitude Tour 2014 – Day 1

Hello everyone, my name is Dave Block.  angels game 015

Being The Gratitude Guy, I have come to understand that despite anything that has taken place in your life so far, you have the ability within your heart right NOW to turn any circumstances around. Because the only way to bring more of what you truly want in life is by being GRATEFUL for what you already have.

So I am so privileged that God has given me an opportunity to take a cross-country across this great country of ours starting from San Diego, CA all the way to Camp Lejeune, NC.

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Accompanied by my brother, Jon Block, the basic reason for this journey was to simply help drive my proud son, US Marine Marcus Block, in his car, a 2006 Chevy Cobalt, to his base at Camp Lejeune. But as I mentioned to Jon, these type of special moments don’t come around very often, as we often allow life to get in the way.

So a bond was created, a wolf pack, of grateful human beings ready to share unconditional love and live free in the present moment.

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Day 1 – Gratitude Tour 2014 – San Diego – Barstow – ARIZONA – Grand Canyon

Driving Time: 10.5 hours

Miles: 650

What is a Gratitude Tour?  Some may think it is an opportunity to do nice things and think good thoughts. Or some a place to appreciate what is. Or maybe a combination of both. We would soon discovery the truth.

On Saturday, June 28, at 9:30am, after a bon voyage hug and a prayer from Jon’s wife Roni, we left San Diego and hit the road on I-15 toward Barstow.

GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 030Our first stop was at a Starbucks, where I performed an act of kindness by paying for a cup of coffee for a middle aged, Hispanic women standing behind me. She was pleasantly surprised and I felt so great.

In Barstow, we reached the I-40, that would take us toward the arizona signGrand Canyon. Taking over as the driver, I began to have deep conversations with Jon about who we are as spiritual beings, our purpose, and what we can do to live happier lives. Coming to the conclusion, that we control our own happiness whether we realize this or not. For everything beautiful we experience in life is not always seen but sometimes must just be felt.

grand canyon 2After a long, long drive, we finally arrived at Hwy 64. We stopped 30 miles before the Canyon for gas and to purchase a one-day park entry of $25.

At 5:30pm, we parked the car at Grand Canyon National Park and walked to one of the lookout points at the Visitors Center. What an amazing view!

 

GRATITUTDE TOUR 2014 025Spotting a more advantageous advantage point, I was hesitant to join my comrades at first due to the rugged terrain involved. But facing my fear and with a help from my friends, we made it to an awe-inspiring spot, just as the sun was beginning to set.

Afterwards, Jon graciously bought dinner for us at a very nice Mexican restaurant called Plaza Bonita.  We finished dinner at 9:30pm as Marcus started driving Hwy 64 back to I-40.

Along the way we all became nervous when an highway patrol officer pulled us over. With a prayer and just a warning to replace the license plate bulb, we gratefully continued on.

Wanting to be entertained during the night drive, we listened to a steady stream of various musical songs from artists such as: Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Queen, Linkin Park, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, Weird Al Yankovic, Rush, Metallica, Tom Petty, Beatles, Aerosmith, Tenacious-D, to name a few, as we drove into the next day.

STARSWith all of us getting very tired, we stopped to switch drivers and on one occasion I looked up in greater awe. When you are away from the city lights and go to a place where there is total darkness you see a sky that is saturated with so many beautiful stars. It is truly awesome! I asked Jon and Marcus to take a moment as we all looked upward to the ultimate art gallery and appreciate the quiet beauty of the night sky.

Our next stop: Albuquerque, NM, a little over 400 miles and 6 plus hours away. albuquerquenew-mexico

Stay tuned for Day 2!

 

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The True Meaning of Christmas

christmas 2013 2Christmas will soon be here and it brings many wonderful memories of Christmas past. We all enjoy the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets.

christmas 2013But the true meaning of CHRISTmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  A celebration of faith and family and a time to rejoice and to be charitable, compassionate, and loving toward all mankind.

But for many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. This very special holiday has been over commercialized suggesting that presents for love ones have to be expensive to demonstrate love.

In reality a hug is more valuable than any present that one can buy.hugging

Many are also saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some. Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength.

god's children 2Look at Christmas this way. No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are God’s children. We then become sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.

Discover the true meaning of Christmas as the joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met.

I have everything to be grateful for this season, my home, my family and friends, my health, my job, and the very air that we breathe, but most of all, I am grateful to have God in my life.

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Do that something extra!

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas everyone!

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The Gratitude Guy Surrenders….

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Dave Block. Like many in today’s economy, I am currently having a hard time making ends meet and trying to find things to be grateful for.

power of gratitudeBut as “The Gratitude Guy”, I realized that despite anything that has taken place in my life so far, I have the ability within my heart right NOW to turn any circumstances around. Because the only way to bring more of what you truly want in life is by being GRATEFUL for what you already have.

But the truth is some days I’m just not feeling it. I feel like I’m wasting my time, not depressed 2enough people really care, and I become less motivated to continue.

Now you tell me, what is wrong with this picture?

DSCN1201The Gratitude Guy was supposed to be a messenger of gratitude, love, and awareness whose “job” it was is to inspire others to reach for their full potential in life. So, how can a man who dedicated himself to excellence by making a commitment, partially fulfilling it, then start taking a back seat, and allow himself to coast his way to mediocrity, instead of the greatness that lives within.

In other words, The Gratitude Guy sold himself short. I can even hear these words being shouted out:  Attention gratitude buyers, get your broken and tired Gratitude Guy at 50% off. Limited time offer. Hurry, Don’t wait!

Have you ever sold yourself short, and not given yourself the full price that you justly deserve. How does this make you feel?

lonely man on islandWell, I can tell you how I feel.  I am very disappointed that The Gratitude Guy allowed his disempowering feelings to take him on a one way vacation to “Someday” Island.

What I am trying to say is that sometimes you have days you feel like “crap” and have no desire to continue your passion. Believe me, you’re not the only one! But what I soon discovered is that feelings come and go and desires come and go. So that’s when it’s time to reevaluate and stop allowing your circumstances to dictate who you’re really being in the world.

For there is an approach to life we must understand.

What we need to know is that every event we experience has within it both sides, negativeNEGATIVE AND POSTIIVE and positive emotions. This practice of equilibration is understanding that your emotions and your emotions alone determine your destiny. By evolving past your judgments and attachments, you honor what is, become present, and experience gratitude.

 

be the changeWhile being The Gratitude Guy, I decided to choose how I want to feel, regardless of what is! And I choose to feel good, to feel love, and allow myself to honor the gratitude that surrounds me on a daily basis. I don’t need a single thing to change to find relief and feel good. I just desire to feel AWESOME and know that what I truly desire will be mine. I will focus on the beautiful, wonderful, meaningful possibilities.  Because I realize that the only thing that really holds you back is your belief that you cannot move forward. Once you’ve let that go, you free yourself to soar. You can be the change!

I encourage each one of you to look deep inside your heart and open up your mind to all the possibilities that life can offer. Make each day count and live with passion. You will be so surprised how your life can change is so many ways.Surrender

So, in order to get The Gratitude Guy back on track, I have asked him to surrender.

Yes, you heard it right, The Gratitude Guy is SURRENDERING.

Does that mean he’s giving up, weak, or doesn’t want to continue being The Gratitude Guy?

NO, not at all!

Please let me explain.

When people think about surrendering, most may bring up an image of the white flag being raised, especially in times of war.

Or it could be thoughts like: failure, giving up, isolation and loneliness.

But the truth is surrender is a form of acceptance and solitude. It literally means to stop fighting. Stop fighting with yourself. Stop fighting the natural flow of things.

spirtual beingsThis is another way of saying that I’m committed to getting out of my own way and trusting a higher power, source, the Universe, or God, whichever definition you prefer.

To surrender yourself to God means this: I will let God do in me whatever is necessary to get Himself glory, and whatever is necessary to make me into the person He is after.

Now, this ought to be great news. Because what it means is that it takes out of your hands the pressure of trying to BE what you think you should be. It takes off of you the necessity of, “trying to have faith.” It removes the fear that you might not know what you need to know to come through to the will of God in any matter. It puts all of that in God’s hands. In effect, we simply surrender ourselves to God. He does the rest.power of god

When you live life in a state of acceptance and surrender, it moves from one miracle to the next. Miracles are just proof of something greater than myself working on my behalf.

Many of us have only experienced surrendering to a higher source as a last resort, when we’ve confronted seemingly insurmountable problems or in some other way hit the edge of our individual will and abilities.

group hug 2But when we surrender and free yourself from painful emotions, what you left with is LOVE.

As we each return to love, by releasing what is not love, we automatically plug back into Source, because Love IS Source. Source is Love.

Always remember your Higher Self loves you unconditionally. You are a divine spark of creation and have the love of the universe at your service. Your world will change, and everyone in your world will elevate to a higher consciousness. It only takes you.

Show the earth your gratitude and love and she will honor your every step. Live free in the god 4present moment and you free the world. Love unconditionally and you will know and become love itself. Unconditional love truly is an unlimited way of being.

To sum up, surrender doesn’t mean giving up. In fact, it is the complete opposite. It’s giving in – to whom you are. It means engaging completely and fully in your life.

We are here to celebrate life. Every step we take upon this magical journey is ours to enjoy. Embracing our potential and using this power to let go of limitation, we experience a new level of our true self as we become more present in the moment.

meaning of lifeYour life will go much more smoothly when you give up control and allow things to happen instead of feeling that you always have to make them happen. In fact, we open ourselves to all sorts of wonderful possibilities that aren’t there when we’re attached to one “right” path.

We must awaken our constant devotion to the Source of life and keeps our hearts open to the Divine in every moment, no matter what arises.

Just picture it as finally letting go of the steering wheel. It’s still moving forward, but you don’t have to worry about the destination.  Sit back, relax, and allow God to do the driving.

p.s. The Gratitude Guy is back, and he’s here to stay! Move over Rocky, The Gratitude Guy is going the distance this time!rocky balboa003

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Gratitude – Your Constant Friend

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The Gratitude Guy says, there is always something to be grateful for. No matter what your circumstances, as dark as they can seem at times, there is always something worth appreciating. Often the most important times to be grateful are during the most difficult times.

 
Just allow GRATITUDE to take over!
 
When you are truly grateful in the moment, it’s impossible to feel fear or stress or anxiety, or any of those negative emotions that keep us for experiencing our potential.
 
Gratitude is a magical potion that dissolves jealousy, greed, fear, unhappiness and other dis-ease’s of the EGO.  Gratitude is an emotion that opens our hearts and raises us above negativity, worry, and doubt.
 
Let me explain.
 
With gratitude, your sense of confidence builds as does your self-worth and ultimate contributions to society. Feelings of insecurities about who you were go away and new feelings of who you are begin to develop. New relationships, business and personal, open up because your authentic self shines brightly and you have become a magnet to those who have witnessed your greatness. More things become possible as your mind opens up to new opportunities that were not available before. The moment we are aligned with our greater self, your purpose becomes more apparent. 
 
Others will notice and will want to be around you more. 
 
And greater financial success will develop as what you are “selling” becomes easier to sell.
love signAlways put LOVE first in everything you do.
Remember, Gratitude is your friend, and will always be.
 
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Do you feel frustrated with your life?

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My life sucks and I’m sick and tired of watching it pass me by. I’ve never been so frustrated with life as I am now and I just want to get out of this rut. I’m stuck in a dead-end job, in survival mode, with broken relationships that still hurt, while being unhappy achieving none of my goals and dreams. I’m getting older, tired, and worn down every day with little to show for it. I feel that I’m amounting to nothing and petrified that I’m just meant to live a life of mediocrity and that I’m incapable of changing this. It seems that nothing I do to try to change my life ever has any effect at all.

Does this sound like anybody you know? Are you unhappy or frustrated with your life but unsure of what needs to change?

Well, my friends, believe me, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Frustration is the condition of wanting something and not getting it, or not wanting something and having it forced on you. It is a mixture of anger and sadness as a result of interactions with people, events or circumstances. How we react and our emotional response determines our level of frustration, when things don’t go according to plan. In other words, we don’t get what we want.

What is important to remember that everything you experience in your life is a reflection of what’s going on deep down in your own mind. We need to have self-empowering ways to handle our frustration. One thing you can do is simply ask yourself:

What you are feeling frustrated about?

Because let’s face it, most of the problems you get frustrated with will NOT be of major consequence in the long run. Try getting a little perspective by thinking about how the problem looks when you view it from a few weeks from now, a year, ten years or your lifetime?

Above all, don’t let your frustrations prevent you from setting goals and living your life to the maximum.

I have had frustrations about things like my job, my relationships, and my financial stability. It made me feel like I was really struggling and not getting much out of life.

Then I tried a new approach, an approach that I think you’ll find very useful too.

I decided to remember what I have got in my life rather than worry about what I didn’t have.

In other words, I became grateful. god 4

I started listing everything that I was grateful for in my life and why I was grateful for them.

Things like my close family and friends, having the opportunity to be fit and healthy, being able to run, and having the freedom to do whatever I want in life. Things that are so easy to take for granted.

This helped me to think with a more positive mindset rather than a negative one. I started to appreciate that maybe my life wasn’t that bad after all. In fact I realised that my life was pretty good and that I should be grateful for the life I have.

Yes I still wanted those things in my life that seemed so far away, and I still do, but now the frustration had disappeared.

Remember worry and frustration won’t help you towards your goals and they won’t make the things that you want to happen any quicker. Because every thought of frustration is like purchasing a ticket for more frustration. Every thought that agrees that your stuck is asking the Universe to send you even more of that glue to keep you stuck.

All the things that you want will come with time if you stick at it and keep improving various aspects of your life. It’s only a matter of time before you experience the results.

Remember what you have got in your life and enjoy the journey and experiences along the way!

I used to get angry, all the time, frustrated too. But now I’m not frustrated anymore. I’m not lost anymore.

How did I do that, you may ask?

The same way anything lost gets found, I stopped looking!

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How To Start Each Day

How to Start Each Day

Do you wake up each day feeling fantastic?  Or do you wake up felling the “blahs”.   I know there are sometimes that your just not feeling it. Tough week or night before, or anxiety of the upcoming day. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s okay.

Okay?

Yes, because all these feelings we experience are what we are allowing to enter our life and control how we feel each day.  Here’s what I discovered:
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