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Gratitude in the New Year!

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“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal
more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements
in comparison with what we owe others.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer*

Every day is a day to be grateful. Are you too busy, or will you be grateful only when what you have is gone? Start your list with “I am grateful” and let it brew for thirty days.

I Am Grateful...
•  I am grateful for those enlightened souls whose contributions create a shift in world consciousness.
•  I am grateful for those who display basic values of social grace.
•  I am grateful for the holy moments that appear when I stop to be present to the beauty that surrounds me.
•  I am grateful to know that new possibilities are waiting to be embraced.
•  I am grateful for the people who take the time to give compliments and statements that en-courage the spirit.
•  I am grateful for the people who do not breach agreements.
•  I am grateful for the risk-takers that apply personal courage to confront ill-will with good will.
•  I am grateful for the sacrifices made by teachers, artists, healers and peacemakers.
•  I am grateful for the small, unnoticed courageous acts the everyday person does every day for they are the unsung stories that do not make the emotional media headlines.
•  I am grateful for the concessions people choose to do to advance unconditional love.
•  I am grateful when my speech is infused with kindness.
•  I am grateful I am able to acknowledge when I was wrong and say, “Please forgive me.”
•  I am grateful that I can distinguish that my life is precious and fleeting.
•  I am grateful for the times I am present to the presence of another human spirit.
•  I am grateful for readership.
•  I am grateful for lovingkindness.

Will you accept my request to jot down for thirty days what you are grateful for? Happy New Year 2012!

* Dietrich Bonhoeffer born February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945 was a theologian, a spiritual writer, a musician, a pastor, and an author of poetry and fiction. The integrity of his Christian faith and life, and the international appeal of his writings, have received broad recognition and admiration, all of which has led to a consensus that he is one of the theologians of his time whose theological reflections might lead future generations of Christians into creating a new more spiritual and responsible millennium. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian famous for his stand against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. His beliefs and convictions ultimately cost him his life in a Nazi concentration camp.  

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Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has sparked positive change in the lives of thousands of leaders each year. Sandra also provides skills-based programs for some of the most respected public and private blue-chip businesses and organizations in the world, such as IBM, Caterpillar, Inc., Institute of Internal Auditors, Hensel Phelps, Wide Open West, Agrium, Inc., Virginia Commonwealth University, Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, Procter and Gamble, Hitachi Consulting, US Bank, Healthcare Association of New York State, Institute of Management Accountants, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society.


The internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman and an honored author selected for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Sandra facilitates individuals and groups to discover the power and inspiration of their everyday courage.


The COURAGE Difference at Work: A Unique Success Guide for Women, Sandra’s follow-up book to COURAGE, is directed at any woman, regardless of title or credentials, who wishes to grow professionally by introducing courage actions at work. Her third book, FACE IT! 12 Courageous Actions that Bring Success at Work and Beyond confirms that what holds you back on the job is the same as what hinders achievement—the reluctance to face and live a courageous life. Sandra is published in magazines such as Chief Learning Officer, Training & Development, HR Matters, Malaysia, and Strategic Finance.


Sandra is a certified Newfield Network coach and certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® along with the Enneagram. She also instructs at the University of Denver.


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