Gratitude, ADHD, & Airports

Marcia and I have had very different weekends. Here in Montreal, Quebec, it was a big holiday weekend to celebrate Saint Jean Baptiste, and everyone takes today off from work. On Friday, the sun was shining brightly and all my clients were in a happy mood because it was a long weekend. I finished work early and headed to my boyfriend’s where we blended strawberries and rum for cocktails and cooked up a storm on the barbecue.

Meanwhile in the U.S., Marcia was having a horrible time. She had been in Boston to a conference where she was speaking (of course she was a total success). On the last day, she had to leave early to catch her plane. There were storms, flights were cancelled, and Marcia was stranded at her connection airport. She had blisters from standing in line and never-ending airport walking. She had to sleep in her clothes because she couldn’t get to her luggage, and then only fitfully. Finally after 24 hours of airports and delays, she made it back home. Phew.

I really hope your weekend was more like mine than Marcia’s! But if it wasn’t, having unexpected unpleasant experiences really makes you appreciate the good things in your life, doesn’t it?

When Marcia got home she had hot bath, drank a yummy protein smoothie, and took a long nap in her comfy bed with her dogs. Doesn’t that sound like heaven?

I am reading a great book called The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. She explains how practicing gratitude for what is in your life can be transformational, both in terms of how happy you feel, and in attracting what you do want in your life.

ADDers are very hard on themselves. They are critical of themselves, their achievements, and how successful their businesses are. They don’t acknowledge what they have done in the past and what is going well now. Although it might seem very a simplistic solution, practicing gratitude helps with both of these traits. It makes you realize what is going well right now, as well as what has gone right in the past, too.

Why don’t you take a few minutes out of your day and right now, think what you do have to be grateful for? This might sound cliche but when you do this, you realize just how wonderful your life is. It turns a black mood into a happy one, and lifts your energy so you can tackle any problem that comes up.

Our wish for you is that you’ll always have good things to be grateful for,

Jacqui and Marcia

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