Tuesday, November 11, 2014

#FeelingGrateful by Ronnie L. Whetstone Jr.

This is Day 11 of the 30-Day "Feeling Grateful" Blog Series on Grow Forward & Flourish.  Happy Veteran's Day to all of the men and women who have and continue to make the sacrifice to protect our freedom in the U.S.A. 
It is a great delight to be sharing a submission from a veteran on Veteran's Day.

My heart is full of gratitude because of individuals like Ronnie L. Whetsone Jr.,  who raised his hand and said YES! I'll be a part of encouraging others to embrace the power of gratitude in their everyday lives by sharing reasons why I feel grateful. Thank you Ronnie!

Ronnie L. Whetstone Jr. retired from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard after serving 20 years, employed as an aircraft mechanic, production controller and production supervisor. He is currently employed as a Production Management Specialist.

Ronnie describes himself as a person who enjoys spending time with his friends and loved ones and as a free spirit who loves to have fun and see others happy and/or enjoying themselves. He believes, "what you put into the Universe is what you get back and that we should try to treat people the best we can and be the true friend that no one questions."

I'm grateful for Ronnie's submission and its timing. I'm thankful for his service to our country and I'm proud that I have this opportunity to share it on Veteran's Day. For him and all of the other men and women who have and continue to make the sacrifice of protecting our freedom in the U.S. THANK YOU!

Here are a few reasons why Ronnie L. Whetstone Jr. is #FeelingGrateful…

1) I'll never stop being grateful for ... family. I've learned and witnessed how important family is, and having them as a healthy part of your life. My family is a strong, loving, close unit. And I appreciate that. A lot of people can't identify with that.

2) My favorite way to say thank you is ... with deeds. I like to show my appreciation by saying thank you, but also doing something that will touch the person's heart, so they know that I really mean it.

3) The best thank you I've ever received was ... and is when Crystal shows me that I'm appreciated and loved. She acknowledges who I am as a person, and what I am to her and her daughter. And it's not one thing. It's many things;
it can be by saying thank you, but it's also by paying attention to my aspirations or wants. It's the everyday practices that show me that I am ever so important to her.

4) When I was a kid, I didn't realize how grateful I should have been for...that carefree time as a child. I spent a lot of my childhood daydreaming about when I was going to be an adult, when the best times of your life are
also found during childhood.

5) The attitude of gratitude helps... you grow not just spiritually, but as a person.  It's a healthy mindset to have. If we spent more time on focusing on what we have to be thankful for we'd be a lot less stressed. We'd be more
happy and that also equates to your physical health and being. 

When we think of things to get us down, we should also recognize how bad a situation could be, and where God has placed us away from that. Light will always shine, and
break through the darkest of nights.... That itself is something we should be grateful for.

Like Ronnie, you can be a blessing in the lives of others by sharing a few reasons why you are "feeling grateful." Your participation will be meaningful to the thousands of readers that visit this site each week and it enables you to help make a difference in the lives of others.

Submissions for the "Feeling Grateful" Blog Series will be taken up until November 20th, 2014. The deadline has been extended to provide more people the opportunity to get into the Thanksgiving Spirit.

You can find out about submission guidelines in this article, Get Into the Thanksgiving Spirit: Be a Part of the "Feeling Grateful" Blog Series and discover a daily ritual that have been proven to enhance well-being.

If you know someone who might be interested in participating, please share this post with them. I would appreciate it.

Join the conversation on Twitter @Coach_JackieB and share why you are feeling grateful using the hash tag #FeelingGrateful.

Grateful Heart

Jackie Capers-Brown
Founder, Grow Forward & Flourish
Author, Get Unstuck Now