happyThere’s a saying that, “We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.”

I want to paraphrase that a bit:

We have no right to ask when failure comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every success that comes our way.

Part of being grateful when you succeed is to have a sense of wonder about that success. You might think (or say) any of the following:

  • Why me?
  • How did I get so fortunate?
  • What could I possibly have done to have deserved such success?
  • I am so thankful that this has happened?
  • WOW…I am blessed.

If you have ever heard about the “Six-Word Memoir” project, it was started by SMITH Magazine and it has expanded to many, many forms. I encourage you to look it up on line and see what you find. It’s pretty remarkable. But the reason I bring it up is that my brother wrote his 6-word memoir one time when presented with this idea at church. Clearly, he is a model of grateful success as you can see from his 6-word memoir: “Blessed beyond belief. Don’t know why.” This is grateful success (and if you could hear him say it, you would know that for sure).

To experience grateful success, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Notice successes.
  1. Say thank you.

In case you would like a little more explanation of these two, read on:

All day, every day, notice successes of every size, shape, and situation - and say thank you. Thornton Wilder said,

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Now, I don’t really care who you thank when you notice your successes (your treasures), but say, “Thank you.” You might thank the Universe, a supreme being, other people around you, your good fortune, your ancestors, your genetics, your brain - I have no idea. But, I do know that we need to be mindful of our successes - when they occur.

Tennessee Williams pointed out that

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it….Success is shy - it won’t come out while you’re watching.

I love that! You want to be grateful for the big and small successes that come your way. Just as you are aware of your failures - and thankful for those, so too be cognizant of your successes. So,

  1. Notice your successes
  1. Say thank you for them…Out loud, as often as possible.

See what a difference this makes for you. Grateful success.

Very nice….

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