I have a challenge for you and your family this Thanksgiving. When you go around the table to tell everyone what you’re thankful for, don’t just name something or someone. This year, tell everyone how it is you are going to demonstrate that appreciation and thankfulness during the coming year. This is the essence of what it means to have a Black Belt Attitude of Gratitude.

An attitude of gratitude has become a very chic idea in popular culture. In fact, when I was preparing to write this column, I did a Google search and got back 2,250,000 hits. It essentially means to be gracious about the things you have and not be jealous of the things you don’t. That’s a worthy sentiment, but creating an attitude like that does not just happen overnight. It is a step by step, day by day, week by week process that requires you to act out that graciousness by showing your appreciation and going out of your way to care for the things that matter most.

You can always tell the person who just bought a new car because he or she is admiring it and cleaning it, performing the maintenance right out of the book, careful about muddy shoes and that no one eats in the car. As time goes by, the care and diligence begins to slacken. Soon he’s poppin’ into Taco Bell for some burritos on the run. Unless we are continually reminding ourselves of our gratitude for the people, things, and experiences in our lives we too will begin to take those things for granted. Just like the car after the newness has worn off.

Take some time to think of ways to show appreciation for people you care about. I mean it, right now! Are you thankful for your house? How are you going to demonstrate it? What about your job? Demonstrate your thankfulness for being employed by putting forth your best effort and giving an honest day’s work for an honest wage. Whatever the case, do everything you can to act out your gratitude for things in your life. It will help you develop a true attitude of gratitude and get you one step further on your black belt journey.

On behalf of everyone here at Sidekicks, I want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.


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