Attitude of Gratitude: Day Five

Yalden - Do More of What Makes You Happy

Mental health speaker and Amazon bestselling author Jeff Yalden recorded Episode 51 of The BOOM Podcast in the parking lot of Oregon-Davis High School in beautiful Hamlet, Indiana.

 Embrace the Differences

What are you grateful for today?

Sometimes it’s tough to pinpoint exactly what it is that we are grateful for on any given day – especially when working on a daily gratitude journal.  Jeff says that being consistent and making sure that no day is ever a repeat of the day before can prove do be a challenge, but it’s worth the effort.

The morning he recorded this podcast, it was cold and there was the usual school traffic – but Jeff soon hit on something to be grateful for.

“I recognized that every school has its own personality, kind of like every person has their own personality – and that is what makes them unique,” he said. “I’m thinking that we’re all unique in our own special way, and I am grateful this morning to embrace everybody’s uniqueness.”

If you are different, embrace that difference.

“It’s kind of like the world is one big, giant, epic, huge, honking quilt. Many pieces, shapes, sizes, fabrics and colors – all woven together to produce that one quilt.”

Jeff said that for many of us, hat quilt is so special to us. Perhaps it’s the texture, or maybe it’s the memory of all those little pieces, shapes, sizes and colors coming together. But it’s different.

“Embrace being different, my friends. Embrace the differences that are in your life – because I think it’s all these differences that bring out personality, understanding, empathy, compassion, knowledge – beauty.”

When you wake up and wonder what you are going to be grateful for that day, Jeff urges you to look around. Look for the nuances around you.

“It’s a dreary day, but as I look around, I see colors in the sky and in the clouds, like a darkish, grayish blue. I see a little orange coming from out from the sun – yellow, white. I see different colored bricks, green trees, a different shade of green on the grass.”

Be grateful for the opportunity to see vibrant colors. Be grateful that you can touch, smell, taste, hear and see.

“You know what’s sad? What’s sad is that we don’t take time every day to appreciate these little things.

My friends – appreciate the journey every single day, because happy people aren’t happy all the time. But happy people celebrate happy moments.”

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Author:Roger Yale

Roger Yale is a longtime contributor to McClatchy Newspapers’ The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, focusing on stories about the people who make the Grand Strand awesome, including teen motivational speaker Jeff Yalden. He was voted Story of the Year winner four times by readers of The Sun News’ sister publication, Weekly Surge. Roger is the parent of adult twins. His son is a United States Marine and his daughter is currently involved in marketing for Broadway productions in New York City. He spent many years as a single father, and he believes that the experience was something to relish – and the bond he forged with his twins remains strong. Roger is also a working musician. For more about Roger, visit his blog:

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