Have You Started Your Assignment?

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ASSIGNMENT – a task or piece of work assigned to someone as part of a job or course of study.

During school, we are given assignments to complete in a timely manner. Some of us immediately get to work, while others cram and get it done last minute. But the final result is COMPLETING the assignment, awaiting another one to come.

Similar in life, we are also given an assignment.  But this is an assignment from GOD himself to complete before our time is up.

These assignments may include: being a mother or a father, creating jobs, becoming a leader, or motivating others with your words and actions.

The interesting thing is that everyone has something unique to give. No two assignments are exactly alike, because our God-given abilities are not alike.

Some of us may be gifted with:

  • Intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Protecting and Saving Lives
  • Mathematical skills
  • Scientific knowledge
  • Musical aptitude
  • Acting talent
  • Artistic ability
  • Sports and Physical Activities strength
  • Photography
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Teaching
  • Speaking
  • Writing

But GOD knows WHY he has given us a particular assignment and he knows we are capable of completing it.

Our assignments are a source of love for everyone around us and we have the ability to unleash our unlimited abundance and happiness through the power of GRATITUDE.

Yes, I realize that life is full of many challenges. But the key to overcoming these challenges is to keep moving forward. Leave your mistakes and regret in the past. They don’t define your value, then or now.

LET THEM GO!

Replace self-limiting internal programs with newer beliefs that contain the real TRUTH about who you are capable of BEING.

Whatever you do, NEVER give up! You will reach your potential and fulfill your dreams if you remain GRATEFUL through the difficult times and faithful to the end.

The miracle of all this is that once you COMMIT to making change, you DISCOVER more abilities that you didn’t know you had. You also begin attracting the RIGHT circumstances and people in your life who BELIEVE in you and want to be around you.

Remember, our EGO feeds on fear, doubt and pain. The more we attach ourselves to our ego thoughts, the further we move away from our TRUE self.

We can only manifest love, happiness and success when we are operating from our TRUE self.

Focus on the power of thought and intention by living with a GRATEFUL heart. This way we can only see what is good about our surroundings, our relationships, and our situation.

My advice is to start playing a BIGGER game that serves you and to those whose lives you WILL touch. Be thankful for the lessons and the blessings you’ve experienced in your life. Take time to love, laugh, cry, learn, and forgive. Live each moment in full, in kindness and peace, without fear and regret. Because there are only so many TOMORROWS.

What I am saying my friends is that you only get one shot at life so let go of the people and things that continuously hold you back and no longer serve you. Realize that everything you’ve been through was preparation for where you are right now and where you can be tomorrow.

How can you ever see the great things ahead of you if you keep looking at the bad things behind you?

Remember: You have an assignment that nobody else can fulfill.

Someone needs your gifts, your smile, your love, your passion. You are a part of a divine plan.Your assignment is too important, your time is too valuable to be distracted by negative people.

I do realize we desperately want to get things right and thus, at times, want “absolute proof” of what GOD is asking or calling us to do. But this is when we are all called to walk by FAITH and not by sight.

Just ALLOW yourself to SEE the clues that GOD leaves for us EVERYDAY to discover who we really are. He knows what we want, and desires to answer our prayers.

And he wants us to complete his assignment and make a CONTRIBUTION.

For doing an assignment is a process we experience during our journey in life. Our purpose then becomes to answer our CALLING and do the BEST job possible.

So, at the end of you life, you can honestly say, “I have COMPLETED my assignment to the best of my God-given abilities.”

CATCH GRATITUDE!

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It’s All About A Choice

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CHOICE – an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities; the opportunity or power to make a decision

Have you ever looked at your life, wondering why unfavorable life circumstance occur in your life, and thinking you don’t have choice?

Well, the truth of the matter is that you DO have choices, and they happen every day, every minute, and every second.

But you may ask, Dave what happens if your in a job you dislike? And you have other passions you would rather do but at the same time you have financial needs and responsibilities to fulfill like to your family.  What kind of choice do I have then?

Of course you do have a choice. You could quit and pursue your passion. However, at the moment you choose to stay on in your job. You chose to stay on for now because you feel the benefits of staying on the job outweigh the benefits of quitting.

In life, you are always making many different choices every day. It’s just you might not recognize them due because they have become a comfortable part of your life.

Here are some examples of choices we make:

  • The CHOICE of having a pet
  • The CHOICE of saving money
  • The CHOICE of giving money
  • The CHOICE of eating healthy
  • The CHOICE of how much you exercise
  • The CHOICE of working in a career you love
  • The CHOICE of having the right friends
  • The CHOICE of the place you live
  • The CHOICE of having children and how you intend to raise them
  • The CHOICE of your favorite foods
  • The CHOICE of how often you call home
  • The CHOICE of the books you read
  • The CHOICE of what you watch on television and how much you watch
  • The CHOICE of your hobbies
  • The CHOICE of the style and color clothes you wear
  • The CHOICE of who you invite to a party
  • The CHOICE of whether you argue more than you should
  • The CHOICE of which telephone calls you return
  • The CHOICE of the appearance of your home
  • The CHOICE of  how late you stay up at night
  • The CHOICE of what time you get up in the morning
  • The CHOICE of whether you smoke
  • The CHOICE of whether you gossip
  • The CHOICE of the political candidates you vote for
  • The CHOICE of what sports team you root for
  • The CHOICE of how fast you drive
  • The CHOICE of how much risk you are willing to take
  • The CHOICE of how organized you are
  • The CHOICE of whether you go to church
  • The CHOICE of who you admire most
  • The CHOICE of how often you change shoes
  • The CHOICE of what you do at the end of the day
  • The CHOICE of where you buy your groceries, and why
  • The CHOICE of how calm are you
  • The CHOICE of how often you eat out
  • The CHOICE of what you drink, if, and how much
  • The CHOICE of whether you attend concerts or cultural events
  • The CHOICE of how you show your emotions
  • The CHOICE of what kind of car you drive, and what shape it’s in
  • The CHOICE of what sports you participate in
  • The CHOICE of how you spend your holidays
  • The CHOICE of how much time you spend talking to your spouse or mate
  • The CHOICE of how you use credit cards
  • The CHOICE of how often you feel sorry for yourself
  • The CHOICE of whether you like a challenge
  • The CHOICE of how you feel about world problems
  • The CHOICE of how much you worry
  • The CHOICE of how much patience you have
  • The CHOICE of how many compliments you give
  • The CHOICE of what gets you angry
  • The CHOICE of how much you spend, and on what
  • The CHOICE of how often you criticize
  • The CHOICE of how you feel about what other people feel about you
  • The CHOICE of how often you do not tell the truth, and why
  • The CHOICE of who you talk to when you have a problem
  • The CHOICE of what movies you attend
  • The CHOICE of when you do your Christmas shopping
  • The CHOICE of how you feel when you come home from work
  • The CHOICE of what you do when you’ve made a mistake
  • The CHOICE of how you react to being stuck in a traffic jam
  • The CHOICE of how you react to negative attitudes or opinions from others
  • The CHOICE of what you think about just before you go to sleep at night
  • The CHOICE of how well you listen to others
  • The CHOICE of getting excited
  • The CHOICE of loving yourself
  • The CHOICE of how you value time – both yours and others
  • The CHOICE of whether you are a leader or a follower
  • The CHOICE of your life priorities
  • The CHOICE of what relationships to be involved in
  • The CHOICE of how interested you are in other people
  • The CHOICE of how much or how little you smile
  • The CHOICE of how important you feel you are
  • The CHOICE of who you spend most of your time with
  • The CHOICE of what you think about, when you have time to think
  • The CHOICE of how much encouragement you give others
  • The CHOICE of how happy you are
  • The CHOICE of following your passions

So you see, everything we do is a choice that we make, from the simplest actions right down to the life changing ones.

As for me, my choice is clear.

Since declaring myself as The Gratitude Guy in 2009, I have discovered an amazing force that starts the process of happiness going. By NOT allowing my circumstances to dictate whom I’m being in the world, how else can you explain the people that come into your life, the opportunities that become available, and the inner feelings of pure joy that engulf your life when you live a life of gratitude. The best thing about gratitude is when you live with a grateful heart, you are able to see both sides of a situation, good or bad, and can better understand its true meaning.

My advice is to start playing a bigger game that serves you and to those whose lives you WILL touch. Be thankful for the lessons and the blessings you’ve experienced in your life. Take time to love, laugh, cry, learn, and forgive. Live each moment in full, in kindness and peace, without fear and regret. Because there are only so many tomorrows.

Realize that nothing going to change until we accept and take responsibility for what you are doing and start to take ownership for what’s going on in your life.

Life life puts us all through all sorts of different twists and turns. We are forever and consistently being presented with situations that challenge us, make us grow to become better people, teach us divine lessons, and bring us closer to finding our true purpose and meaning in life.

So, what is your choice going to be?  Are you going to continue living in mediocrity?  Or are you going to “wake up” and realize time does not stop for anyone, and start living life with passion.

The choice is yours!

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Do You Know Your Job?

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I lost my job. It was an emotionally wrenching experience as I went through a consistent pattern of emotional stages.  These included: denial, disbelief, outward anger, inner self-criticism, withdrawal, reflection and finally acceptance.

But once I experienced the end of this cycle, I discovered something amazing.

I was FREE!

I felt that I had been given an opportunity, a fresh start to explore a new field that I’ve always wanted to try but never had the time to, or to start a business, or go back to school.

What I decided to do first is reinvent myself by utilizing my special skills, knowledge and passion. This put me in a better space to allow me to: regain control and develop a routine, find a supportive network, help others along the way, use positive affirmations, make time to do something I love, exercise more often, and be ready for what lies ahead.

Sure, it feels scary to not have consistent income coming in to take care of basic living expenses. But at the time, when you’re constantly thinking, worrying, or analyzing, you aren’t in the moment. You are missing the goodness that lives around you instead of putting yourself in a place of suffering and a victim of circumstance.

Don’t you realize that life could be over for any of us at anytime!

So my advice while you continue to use your time to search for work or discover your life’s calling, is to live each day that we are given as a GIFT. A gift we must cherish and be grateful that we have another day to experience the beauty that is LIFE.

Thus, by expressing gratitude for what you have, you become a magnet attracting more things to be grateful for.

Think of gratitude like a flashlight. It lights up what is already there. You don’t necessarily have anything more or different, but suddenly you can actually see what it is. And because you can see, you no longer take it for granted.

Bill Belichick, head football coach of the New England Patriots, teaches a philosophy of “Do Your Job!” which means being prepared, working hard, paying attention to the details and putting the team first. I not only agree totally with him but would add to not only do your job, but know that your happy doing your job.

Remind yourself why you are here, why you are doing this job, and what you are getting out of it. Let us understand that all of us were created for a reason, a purpose for our existence. It’s not that you are a cleaner, or a garbage collector, or whatever you decide to do while you work on your dreams. It’s what you do during the journey, like being a planner, an achiever, and being courageous enough to do what has to be done to make sure your dreams happen.

I believe it is our obligation as human beings to share the goodness and passion in our hearts once we ourselves have discovered them. By doing so, more and more will do the same.  WE can inspire each other to reach further than we thought possible. WE can inspire each other to become more confident, loving, caring people with stronger desires to serve others who have yet to discover their greatness.

Although I am currently still seeking employment to make ends meet, I am blessed to have discovered my higher purpose as “The Gratitude Guy”. My job as a social entrepreneur and a visionary is to continue my  love affair with the new and unknown. I want to create opportunities for humans to grow and discover their highest self. For I see a new world, a changed world, a more grateful world. A world where humans are allowing themselves to express great love toward one another. A world that was intended for us by our creator.

So, do you know your job?

Here are a few questions to help you ponder this:

  • What inspires your soul and spirit?
  • What makes you feel wonderful?
  • What fulfills you?
  • What makes life seem blessed and extraordinary?
  • What justifies itself by making you excited to start the day?
  • What makes your community and the world better?
  • What recognizes and develops your potential?
  • What challenges you to grow, evolve and succeed?
  • What turns you into who you were meant to be?

Use your time right NOW to discover your passion, your gift, and share it with others. By doing so, you are setting up yourself for success especially when you add our greatest design within each one of us – the power of love.

With this empowering, unconditional feeling of LOVE, the magic of the universe starts to magnify in your favor, and the beauty of life is revealed to you.

If we only allowed ourselves to SEE this gift for what it is, our lives would be so much richer.

CATCH GRATITUDE!

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Happy Birthday To YOU!

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As children we all loved our birthdays. Maybe it was the presents. Or chocolate cake with sprinkles. Or the party where we got to invite all our friends. Maybe it was because that day was about YOU and we loved the attention we received – it made us feel SPECIAL.

There was a certain excitement about growing up. To be taller. To be faster. To be smarter. To be more like our parents or role models. To get closer to being adults who got to do whatever they wanted to do.

But as adults, somewhere, somehow, we can lose that excitement to celebrate. Our life gets wrapped up in work, life and getting by. We have families, kids, illness, financial pressures among a million other things on our plates. So celebrating our birthday seems, well, a bit much. We’re either too tired, not in the mood, don’t feel like it, don’t want to make it a “big deal”, hate surprises, or we hate getting older so why celebrate at all? Sound familiar?

Every day just seems like another day. And yet, it is NOT. Because having birthdays reminds us that our TIME is ticking. We are NOT getting any younger. Our life on EARTH is passing us by.

It’s only natural to get reflective when you are fortunate enough to reach age milestones like 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100.

In fact, the older you get, the more important it is to celebrate your birthday.

It’s confirmation you have another day on this Earth to LIVE. The older you get, the more you’ve done. Take stock of your life and give yourself a huge pat on the back. You’ve done a lot!  Aging means you’ve had more time to LOVE and more opportunities and people to LOVE.

That’s wonderful!

When you celebrate your birthday, you are NOT celebrating your accomplishments, your achievements, the great things you have done in life, or the dreams you have fulfilled.

No, you celebrate your birthday because your life has VALUE apart from what you have done. You are worth celebrating, whether or not you’ve done something significant, special or great with your life. You have VALUE and DIGNITY and WORTH.

Because in celebrating your birthday, you are REMINDING yourself and reminding others that every life has VALUE. Every life is IMPORTANT. Every life is precious: yours, theirs, and the life of every human being on the planet.

Birthdays are a good reminder of what GOD has given us. For the miracle of birth is one of God’s greatest miracles and God’s greatest blessings.

So, feel grateful for having been loved and cherished as you count your blessings for what you have today.

Be grateful you have survived another year, surrounded by people who will celebrate with you, care about you and who love you.  Today, you have these people. Tomorrow, you may not. So, realize how many blessings have come into your life this year – one being YOU!

Happy Birthday to YOU, Happy Birthday to YOU, they say it’s your birthday, let’s celebrate the great YOU!

CATCH GRATITUDE!

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See Through The Eyes Of Gratitude

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I was standing in front of my bookcase at home looking for a book to read. I saw one that caught my eye, but it was on the top shelf and hard to reach. I stretched out as far as I could and managed to reach the book as I pulled it down quickly. But my force caused the bookshelf’s to come loose, as an avalanche of books began hitting my body.  I found myself laying on the floor, bloodied, with a pain that was intensifying. I tried to open my eyes but could not as everything remained pitch black. “Oh, my god, I’m blind”, I said to myself. I started whispering a prayer when all of a sudden I heard a familiar ring tone and was awakened. It was 6:30am, as my cellphone alarm goes off. Wow! I was just dreaming. But what a wake up call it was.

For I just realized just how quickly life can change. It can be in a matter of seconds. As I ventured out to do my daily errands, I noticed today that I am more aware of my  surroundings and the beauty of nature.  I cannot imagine how drastically my life  would have changed if this accident really happened. I am so grateful that I can  see, my eyes remain healthy and I continue to be blessed.

Because each day when the sun rises, you are given a CHOICE about how you are going to live that day. Will you allow myself to be grateful for what you have and make the most of it, or will you dwell in despair, and allow it to pull you into the BELIEF that whatever you might want to happen just can’t, or won’t?

There’s a gratitude exercise that instructs that you should imagine losing some of the things that you take for granted, such as your home, your ability to see or hear, your ability to walk, or anything that currently gives you comfort. Then imagine getting each of these things back, one by one, and consider how grateful you would be for each and every one.

When we are living life with great joy in our heart, powerful vibrations are being sent into the universe to guide us toward MORE of what we truly desire in life. By doing so, we allow ourselves to inspire each other to become more confident, loving, caring people with stronger desires to serve others.

No wonder gratitude helps you to be a little happier – you’re focusing on the good in your life even when things aren’t going great.

So, next time you are in the face of adversity, ask yourself: “What’s good about this?”, “What can I learn from this?”, and “How can I benefit from this?”

Remember: the more that you focus on the good, the more good will come into your life.

CATCH GRATITUDE!

 

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Jump on the Catch Gratitude Bandwagon!

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How can you Catch Gratitude?

You can: capture it; become suddenly aware of it; attract and take hold of; be affected by suddenly; grasp and hold on to; get aboard in time; make contact with and to grasp by the senses or the mind and to meet with.

CATCH GRATITUDE is a new fun, empowering way to live life on your terms by seeing the goodness that lives before us each and every day. When you share your emotions with others and encourage them to CATCH GRATITUDE, you are living in… a world that was intended by our creator. A world of unconditional love, open to any color, greed, sex, race, or religion. A world of pure love. A world of everlasting positive change.

Jump on the Catch Gratitude bandwagon!

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The Time is Now to Catch Gratitude

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Catch Gratitude is about reaffirming the passion that lives within each one of us – the light of greatness that awaits its opportunity to shine.

Brightening someone’s day is so easy that I wonder why it is not done more often. It takes very little effort to show someone appreciation, but will mean so much to them. And to you as well!

The time is NOW to reconnect to the courage, passion, and wisdom of our unconditionally loving hearts and reclaim the greatness that lies within us.

If we all made that choice right here, right now, in this moment, we would wake up to a far different world tomorrow morning.

Allow your true self to reveal itself by becoming the gift that God had intended you to become.

The world and the universe thanks you in advance!

CATCH GRATITUDE!

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Make Your Purpose Count

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Life is full of many challenges. The key to overcoming these challenges is to keep moving forward. Leave your mistakes and regret in the past. They don’t define your value, then or now.

LET THEM GO!

Replace self-limiting internal programs with newer beliefs that contain the real TRUTH about who you are capable of BEING.

Whatever you do, NEVER give up! You will reach your potential and fulfill your dreams if you remain grateful through the difficult times and faithful to the end.

The miracle of all this is that once you COMMIT to making change, you DISCOVER more abilities that you didn’t know you had. You also begin attracting the right circumstances and people in your life who BELIEVE in you and want to be around you.

Remember, our EGO feeds on fear, doubt and pain. The more we attach ourselves to our ego thoughts, the further we move away from our true self.

We can only manifest love, happiness and success when we are operating from our TRUE self.

Focus on the power of thought and intention by living with a grateful heart. This way we can only see what is good about our surroundings, our relationships, and our situation.

We were all put on this earth for a PURPOSE.

Make your purpose count!

CATCH GRATITUDE!

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Be Ready to Catch Gratitude

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Life gives us what we get, as anything can be taken away at a moments notice. It’s up to us to use ‘what we get’ to the best of our ability, in order to have the most enjoyable life possible. Don’t let your disability or handicap DEFINE you. We are born with the gift to adapt and survive.

Remember, GOD doesn’t test us because HE doesn’t know how strong we are. Instead, he tests us because WE don’t know how strong we are and how much we can handle.

Being GRATEFUL, not only for every day, but for every moment of life we are given, GIVES BACK in so many beautiful ways.  The more grateful we are, the more content we are with life. The more content we are with life, the more it rubs off on others that you come in contact with.

It’s contagious!

CATCH GRATITUDE!

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Learn to Catch Gratitude

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When you CATCH GRATITUDE, you are capturing moments of LOVE and joy into your heart by empowering your existence on this planet.

And something really special occurs when you combine LOVE with GRATITUDE.

You create a formula that spells out the true meaning of life. You discover that LOVE is the emotion or the feeling and GRATITUDE is the action. As LOVE unlocks the heart, GRATITUDE opens us to the fullness of life. This then becomes the answer that all of mankind continuously seeks: “Happiness.”

Although it may not always be easy to show LOVE and GRATITUDE daily, when we do, there is always a beautiful ripple effect that occurs from it, whether we visually see it at that time or not.

As an additional bonus, our spirit knows what we are doing what we came here to do, and as this inner happiness expands we feel more comfortable, peaceful and confident as we start to satisfy our deep sense of purpose.

Share the LOVE!

And CATCH GRATITUDE!

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