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Fall Back, Embrace Challenges, and Practice Gratitude (1 of 4) | Fall Back to Move Forward

Well, it’s almost time to “fall back” and reclaim that one extra hour of sleep that we lost in the spring. There are lots of ways to think about “falling back” – are we regressing? Are we reclaiming something previously lost? Are we retreating in some way – to regroup, perhaps, for another “go” at something? Each fall, we get to have that seemingly “new” hour, however we use it! It’s a very little thing, but I’m so grateful for it because for one day, I have an extra hour to reflect and be grateful.

Lately, when people ask me how I’m doing, I tell them that I’ve been in a space of perpetual gratitude for the past two months and it has completely changed my outlook on life. I’m not trying to sound deep. It’s just something I’ve noticed lately. And the gratitude has been around very practical things.

For instance, when a scheduled meeting is cancelled, not only am I grateful to get that time back in my day, but I can reprioritize a task to a higher level of importance. Maybe something I had planned to do later in the week gets attention at that moment. And, when that happens, the space I had for that other thing later in the week gets filled by something else because the space opened up for me to receive that new thing. Those situations always result in a pleasant surprise that I wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to enjoy.

There have been times when what appeared to be an inconvenient detour in my day, actually led me to the right place, at the right time, to see the right person, who helped me handle some business that would have cost me more time, and possibly resources, that I didn’t necessarily have to spare.

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