Charging the Human Battery: Day 2

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thought_1678c ” The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings”

Eric Hoffer

Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California Davis, states that research has shown that grateful people tend to be more optimistic which increases the immune  function, improves heart health and happiness

Today, try  turning  off the negative news and identify things for which you are grateful.  To help accomplish this habit, create a gratitude journal; it may be on paper or using your technology device.

Here is an excerpt from the book, Charging the Human Battery, which illustrates this gratitude habit:

oasis-cartoon-desert-oasis_smallA young man, roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water.  He filled his leather canteen so he could bring it back to his tribal elder who had been his teacher.   After the four-day journey back to his home, he presented the canteen to the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly, and thanked the student for his generous offer of the water.  The young man returned to his own home with a happy heart.

Later the teacher let another student taste the water. The student spat the water out saying it was foul.  It had become stale because of the old container.  The student asked, “Master, the water was foul; why did you pretend to like it?”

The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water.  I tasted the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of living-kindness and nothing could be sweeter.”

Our energy is sapped when our entire focus is on what’s wrong instead of what is right.  Our greatest challenge is to live and find gratitude in the midst of all that life throws at us.greatday6

Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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