“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a strange into a friend.”
– Melody Beattie
Principle #10 of the Certior True Wealth Design Team Manifesto is “We are guided by Gratitude in our thoughts and actions.”
What does that mean? More importantly, what might it mean to you as one of our clients or collaborators?
Adopting the model developed by Lee Brower and Empowered Wealth, Gratitude begins with respect and common courtesy. These are the rudimentary elements of a civil society; sincerely expressing “please”, “thank you”, and “you’re welcome” for the things others do and the goodness we experience, however large or small. This is how we always aspire to interact with our clients and collaborators.
Gratitude is also about appreciating the people in our lives, the opportunities we have, the material things that we have, our experiences, and the wonders of nature. This is what we teach and try to embody in our work and within our own families. It is only through deep and sincere Gratitude that good fortune and financial wealth becomes True Wealth.
Gratitude is about being inspired to express care and compassion; it’s about giving unconditionally as opportunities to do so present themselves. Whether it’s helping our clients, our colleagues, our collaborators, or even strangers, we aspire to let the spirit of giving inform our thoughts and our actions.
Gratitude by its very nature is empowering, just as ingratitude is disempowering. We all are susceptible to episodes of ingratitude; we’re human and can easily take for granted the people and things that are good and important to us. That’s why the regular practice of Gratitude is embedded in the work we do and the way we aspire to live our lives.