This is more powerful than you might realize, but only if you’ve been through extreme hardships will you really understand what I mean.
And if you are running a business, you can’t let your dark days derail you for long. But thankfully, work can often be cathartic.
The power of gratitude was one of the primary themes in a series of personal development mastermind sessions that my dear friend Jan Knutson and I did a couple of years ago.
Sadly, I found out two nights ago that she had passed away ten days prior. I had not spoken with her for a few months.
I was shocked and completely taken aback.
We had spent the better part of two years working very closely together in more than one business venture.
I’ve not been the same since that news, but I know somehow I’m going to get back on track given time to recover from the shock.
Firstly, I am grateful for having known such a wonderful spirit.
A Blessing and a Loss to Us All
Jan was a truly unique, gifted, energetic and inspirational woman. One I wish everyone could have known and learned from as I did.
She was one of the best networkers I ever knew, rising to the top of her companies over the years, and putting four children through college on her network marketing income.
This was even AFTER being deserted by her husband when their kids were all under four years old, and while she was still in recovery from a debilitating car accident.
She survived this accident to walk and see again after many doctors told her she’d never be able to do either of those things.
She succeeded at these things under adversities that would make most people give up.
She created absolutely beautiful artwork of all kinds, paintings, patchwork coats and quilts, hand woven baskets, jewelry, batik to name a few.
She called herself an “ageless Norwegian” and never gave away her age, but had the laugh and heart of a child.
Sadly she left this world far too early, but she touched many while she was here.
So with this sad news I found myself in a deep funk, only able to reflect on having known her and made contact with a few people who also had not heard the news.
It makes me reflect on all that I learned from her and how I hope to impact others in much the same way.
How to Best Remember Our Loved Ones
If there is anyone in your life who has had a similar impact on you, reach out to them for life is always as it seems, too short.
If you think YOU can make a difference to anyone, then DO it. It’s up to you to be a success so that you can help others do the same.
And be grateful for those around you, who have brightened your life, if even for a moment.
Be grateful when you are at your worst, for it is this gratitude that will lift you back up and put you back where you belong.
And to my dear friend Jan, may the angels rejoice in your presence as we have.