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Date Added: July 2017

It is refreshing to interact with individuals exhibiting humility and gratitude. People we admire, follow, learn from; and traits we desire for ourselves.

While nobody is perfect, most seek to practice humility and gratitude because we know it is the right thing to do, it exemplifies great leadership, and it is how we want to be treated.

A quote on humility and gratitude states, “Conduct your affairs with humility and you will be loved more than the giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find mercy in the sight of God.”

Always act with humility. If we do this, we will be loved more than the “giver of gifts.” By acting with humility, others will respect, follow, learn, and want to be around us. This should describe the people you prefer to work with and for.

Showing humility and gratitude makes us stronger individuals and leaders. Do you demonstrate gratitude to others? Our co-workers, peers, employer, family, and community? Are you thankful for the good things in your life? This is humility and gratitude.

Understandably, everyone’s life is not filled only with good things. You or your family may have health issues, unemployment, debt, etc. In these situations, are you able to see some positive – even if for only one item? This is humility and gratitude.

Gratitude reminds us what matters in our lives; and humility allows us to express gratitude to others. Make a list of 10 people or things you are grateful. Communicate gratitude to each on your list and explain why.

My initial list of 10 was easy. As it went past 10, I gave thought to the numerous people who I never see or talk to anymore. Initially, this made me sad; but I realized people come into our lives for a reason – when we need them most.

They may be friends, messengers, teachers, helpers, coaches, etc. They enter our lives at a certain time; and while some remain, others do not. Do we show humility for individuals in our lives and gratitude to them for their positive impact on us? Their impressions remain in our lives forever.

My initial list included God, my wife, some close friends, health, clean water work in Kenya, and other international travels. My next list included other family and friends, and began the realm of those I am grateful for who touched my life if only for a short time.

My high school and college English instructors who taught me how to write better. My high school history teacher who provided me with a good foundation of learning. A nun I met when I was 16 who asked me to give her slightly used produce from a grocery store I worked so she could take it to those needing food. She taught me the importance of giving to others in need.

I love my relationship with God and my wife. While I don’t have many close friends, those who are close are very close. I have countless individuals I communicate with often and I am a lifelong learner who enjoys writing and serving others.

Life is interesting and makes so much sense when we reflect on people, experiences and things we have encountered – or dare I say those who have encountered us. I wish you blessings as you create your Top 10 list, and even if you don’t, please invest time to “conduct your affairs with humility… Humble yourself… and… find mercy.”

David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at david@unique-solutionsinc.com.

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