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Gratitude shapes us!

Gratitude shapes us!

When you come into Heart and Hustle you will be showered with a lot of love.  The Coaches will welcome you, members will introduce themselves to you and help to get you set up.  You won’t be sitting in the corner feeling uncomfortable, nervous and scared for the unknown.  We are there to help, because we know what its like.

Gratitude is something that I practice on a daily basis, I try to use it in with every interaction I have.  The more I think about it the more it happens.

Its taken years of conscious practice, and I say conscious practice because its not something I’ve always thought about.  Over the last 7 years I have consciously been making an effort to become a better version of myself every single day.  I put the good in to get the good out.  When my daughter was born, I woke up.  I knew I had real responsibility, to raise a child.  I had to lead by example so that she could see that anything is possible.  

So I made a choice to lead by example, and the more I thought about it, the more I started reflecting on my childhood.  One of My first memories of gratitude is from when I was 8 years old.   I was driving with dad to hockey practice very early in the morning, around 5am.  As we passed by the bank my dad stopped the car in the middle of the road.  There was no traffic being so early in the morning, he told me he would be right back.  I watched him get out of the car and walk into the bank where there was a homeless man on the ground.  I watched him put his hand on the gentleman’s shoulder, he woke up, they chatted for a minute and then my dad got back in the car.  We didn’t speak about it as we drove to the hockey rink.   

It wasn’t until years later that I put together what had happened, my father owned a business downtown and he had recognized the man in the bank.  He didn’t know him or have a relationship with him, he just recognized him.  My dad had stopped the car to make sure this man was alive.  I have never forgot that moment, most people would have driven by or thought something negative assuming the person put themselves in that situation.  Not my dad, he was always caring and showing compassion for everyone he met.   

I had started to learn lessons of gratitude from a young age, my parents didn’t really talk to us about it, they showed my brothers and I the importance of gratitude.  It has been with my for as long as I can remember.  But as I have become aware of it, as I started to think about it, it has shaped me and my family in incredible ways.  

If we want to live in a more peaceful, happier world then we must act with peace and happiness. 

love spreads love, 

peace spreads peace 

and compassion spreads compassion.  

keep spreading the love, everywhere.

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