ome of us have hit the ground running in 2021 and some of us can barely get out of bed. Why do these two extremes exist? Is there some middle ground?

I fall into the category of the former as I spent my December break doing the things that give me joy – reflecting, reading, gardening, donning my Julia Child apron and laying out what I was told were taste bud awakening meals. All these tapped into my feel-good hormones.

I needed something to keep my gratitude barometer on track, so I browsed through my collection of books and pulled out an old favourite, Viktor E. Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning”. I thought under the current circumstances where COVID is hitting many of us so close to home, Frankl’s story is so fitting with a clear message telling us not to give up as there is hope for the future. Check out Growth in Motion’s leadership book club later this week for a summary on this book so that we can better understand the meaning of life. Then you can wander onto something to get your creative juices going, like Clem Sunter’s “What it really takes to be world class”. Enjoy

My garden is in bloom with flowers, vegetables and herbs and with that comes a sense of personal achievement. We’ve had a few days where the temperature dropped low enough to warrant a boeuf bourguignon straight out of Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. What a yummy delight!

I had a few light bulb moments which materialised in the form of the video below. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed scripting it.

Hopefully by now you have moved out of the “barely can get out of bed” category and mustered up the motivation to put one foot in front of the other as you check out your gratitude barometer.

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As always, continue practicing acts of kindness in this year of hope.