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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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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Why Did I Stop Blogging?

Hello Everyone!
For those of you who have not followed my blog, my name is Dave Block, The Gratitude Guy.  When 2011 began, I made a commitment to write a gratitude blog post for every day of the year on people, places, things, and ideas that I am grateful for.
Mission accomplished!
But wait!  What about 2012?  So far, I have written only 1 blog post.

So the question that must be answered is….. WHY?  Why did I stop Blogging?

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Dave Block Lost His Job, But He’s Grateful

Hello Everyone!

It’s great to be blogging again, this one being the first for 2012.

Today, I wanted to reveal the details of how a story was recently written about me in the San Diego Union Tribune by Diane Bell.

First, let me give you a little background on Diane Bell. Diane was editor of the Union-Tribune’s opinion pages when she traded her desk job in 1995 to become an items columnist with a focus on San Diego. Diane describes her items column as nosey but newsy. She calls her beat the “offbeat,” the “upbeat” in an ongoing search to capture San Diego’s heartbeat.
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Day 365 – A Wonderful Year of Grateful Living (2011)

2011 – A Wonderful Year of Grateful Living

It has been a long, fulfilling year of blogging, but will be a lifetime of memories. What started out on January 1 as a commitment has ended on December 31 as a vision. A vision that one day we can live in a world where our lives are filled with continuous love and gratitude.
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Day 364 – My Favorite Gratitude Blog Posts of 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, I am amazed at how fast the time has passed. When I started writing this blog on January 1, I never would have imagined the full range of emotions that I had to endure:

anger,compassion,disappointment,envy,  fear,  excitement, frustration, loneliness, love, sadness, passion, regret, rejection, happiness and gratefulness. 

While writing a blog for each day of the year is not easy, it was so very much rewarding in the end. One thing I really have enjoyed is to re-read some of my previous blogs, as the information never gets old. I love to recall what I was thinking and feeling based on the blog I wrote for that day.
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