Attitude of Gratitude: What a week!

by Al Smith

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How was your week?  Good, Great, ok, Bad?  Did anyone help you accomplish anything? Are you grateful for anyone?  Well, I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I write this. Let me tell you about  a few amazing things that happened this week, here at The CARE Movement.

SaturdayJK Allen, the humble hustler, as I like to call him, put the finishing touches on his design and set up, of this incredible website.  The guy is so unassuming, gracious and super talented. It is ridiculous !  He did a fantastic job.  Oh yeah, he can write, too.  Check out his awesome blog. Great stuff.  Thanks again, JK.  I am forever grateful.

Saturday (part deaux) –  Elizabeth Thomas, an old friend I stumbled across on Facebook after more than 30 years, turns out to be a well-respected, published social media/pr/marketing specialist, and a college Journalism professor. Just what I needed! She instantly grabbed the The CARE Movement ball and ran with it before I could even ask.  She created our new Facebook page, pulled together a great business card and offered loads of advice on how to spread the word through various mediums.  Check out her page at or her blog on social media at  Thank you, Elizabeth.

Sunday -  The super nice Erica Allison featured The CARE Movement on her Sunday Share.  What a kind gesture. Totally blown away by this.  The day after we launch the site, no less.  We could not have asked for more. Thanks Erica.

Gratitude Monday – (More on this later) 

Shawn Achor the author of “The Happiness Advantage” replies to my email and says in regards to our website: “Looks great, Al, and thank you for helping share the Happiness Advantage!”.  Are you serious?  He is thanking me?  Wow.  Now, this might not be a big deal to some people, but his book delivers a very similar message as The CARE Movement.  I can not get enough of this book.  Please read it.  You can purchase from the link on our home page.  (we are not an affiliate)  I just want everybody to read this book.  It is fascinating.  Thanks Shawn.

Tuesday -  Just another incredibly grateful day of meeting wonderful people, adding friends and connections on twitter, facebook and linked in.

Wednesday – Get invited to video chat from Lori Gosselin @LifeforInstance.  Lori has been a source of inspiration, encouragement and kindness.  She is so nice and also has a great blog.

Also on the video chat was the crazy and talented Bill Dorman.  This guy cracks me up and we have become fast friends (I think ).  Another bonus on the chat was Stan Faryna, all the way from Bucharest, Romania (yeah, I actually know where that is now).  Great meeting you Stan. 

Thursday -  The ferocious but kind Sales Lion, Marcus Sheridan, mentions us on one of the best blogs I have read, about building friendships, not just fans.  He knows a little about “Community”.  The short video was beautiful, too.  (You can see it from link) Later on Thursday, I am typing a “thank you, dude” email, to him, and he calls me. Yep and Wow !  More great advice and encouragement from Marcus.  What else is new.

I have to acknowledge a few more friends, family, bloggers and authors who have supported and encouraged me on our journey so far: Joel and Terry Lonergan, Tim and Launi Vawter, Amanda Smith, Jessica Saunders, Michael Fitzgerald, Dr. Elizabeth King, John Sherry, Frank Jennings, Robert Dempsey, Gini, Lisa Gerber, Shonali, Kaarina, Tara Markus, Ingrid, Wim, Brankica, Ken Mueller, Nancy Davis, John Falchetto, Bob Burg, Jon Gordon, Mark Sanborn, Carol Roth, Sarah Robinson, Brandon Sutton, Judi Knight, Lisa Robbin Young, Elizabeth Marshall, Janet Goldstein, Tim Sanders, Jean Steele, etc.  I’m sure there are more.  If I forgot your name, please forgive me and you will be mentioned here soon.

“The more you express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for”  -Zig Ziglar

The point of all this to say:  I am so grateful for these people and the many more, family and friends who have been so kind and helped us with our new venture.

Gratitude is defined as a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.  Gratitude represents what The CARE Movement is all about.  Communicate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage and Gratitude are Action words.  Let’s take Action and show and tell people we CARE and we are Grateful for them.

It really is all about Gratitude. That is the starting point.  Everything flows from there.  When we are in gratitude, our hearts open up and we become available to receive all the world has to offer.

Waking up in the morning and being grateful for someone or something, is a fabulous way to start the day.  It has been working for me ever since I made the CHOICE to start doing it daily.  With all the doom and gloom in the world and it being broadcast constantly on the airwaves, we recommend you NOT turn on the TV, radio or internet, when you first awake.  Instead, try and take five quiet minutes and right down someone’s name that you are grateful for and let them and the world know.

 Let’s celebrate Gratitude Monday.  That’s right, we are starting a new thing (trending topic, I’m told) on twitter called Gratitude Monday.  This is when we mention that person you are grateful for.  Show em some love.  Heck, do it on twitter, facebook, text, call them, however you want to do it.  Just do it.

Monday seems to be a rough day for a lot of folks.  Instead of griping and complaining, or perhaps even having a “Bad Attitude” on Monday ( really?).  Let’s try the opposite approach, be grateful and start the day with a BIG ol’ SMILE!  Woo Hoo!

Gratitude –Thank You – Support – Encouragement

These things mean so much and cost absolutely nothing. Try them for a week or two and there’s a good chance, you will see people begin to change………even you.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

Ok, What’s your take on gratitude?   Who are you grateful for?  What do you think about Gratitude Monday?  We are looking forward to your comments. 

Thanks again for coming over to The CARE Movement.

Don’t forget to subscribe.  Luv ya!  Yeah, Baby!

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John Sherry August 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

What a week Al – you’re going from strength to strength. Appreciate the mention but we all help out where we can and I see it’s a long list of care minded folk who Constantly And Regularly Encourage others. And I think your description of JK is the best I’ve seen and captures him perfectly..”the humble hustler”. Now that is masterful. Keep caring, keep reaching for the stars and setting the good standards Al. When’s your Dare to C.A.R.E Challenge coming out (just an idea I had for a project you could do especially with schools)? ;)
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Al Smith August 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Thanks John. You always have the right words. Yeah, I might have to copyright the “Humble Hustler” Ha ! I really like the Dare to CARE idea. We will talk about that.

Thanks again brother. Keep us posted on your new “Sports” venture.



Bill Dorman August 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Easy now, are you sure we are both thinking about the same JK Allen? Gracious, maybe; but super talented? I’m telling you, don’t feed that guy you will never, never get rid of him.Of course, only I can say this because he is my tan brother from another mother………..:).

I’m tellin’ ya rook, don’t be throwing all this friend talk around. I AM somebody and I will tell you when, and if you make the cut……….let’s just see how this football season plays out before we start getting too crazy.

Are you ready for me to be serious? What a great idea to call out someone you are grateful for; however, like you I will probably have a long list. I would like to see if get some momentum and then I can say I know you when you get all the credit for it.

Good one bro; did you put some Bama mojo on Dufner yesterday so he wouldn’t win the PGA? Just askin’………..:)
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Al Smith August 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Bill, your comments always have me laughing. Thanks for the kind words (I think) and yes, we are talking about the same JK Allen. He is The Man !

We are gaining momentum. We just have to keep it going. Videos coming soon !

Sorry about your Auburn boy, Dufner. Sad. ROLL TIDE !! Ha !



Kaarina Dillabough August 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Al, I couldn’t be happier for you, and the traction and attention The CARE Movement is attracting. Kudos and congrats to you!

Thanks for the lovely mention: I’m delighted to support and “cheerlead” you on the cause. I’ve always looked at Mondays as a blessing: a whole new week lies ahead, and it feels like new-fallen snow, just waiting for footprints to be forged and snow angels to be made. (That reference comes from a Canadian, who sees about 8 months of the stuff every year:)

I’m grateful for my family, my friends and the live I live. Cheers! Kaarina
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Al Smith August 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Thanks again Kaarina. So glad we connected. Luv your energy and passion. Also thought your post today was GREAT-ful. Ha ! It truly was a gratitude Monday. Jack B had an awesome post on Gratitude, also. Looking at Mondays as a blessing ? Wow ! That is awesome. We need to pass that on to everyone.

8 months of snow ? Ouch. Not me. I prefer Ft. Lauderdale. Thanks again.



Shonali Burke August 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

What, did you and Kaarina plan your posts together? ;)

Seriously, though, Al – congrats on getting the site up. Your energy is infectious, and I’m sure you brightened many people’s day today. And… thank you!
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Al Smith August 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Thanks Shonali. Ha ! Kaarina, me and Jack B, wrote on Gratitude. Truly a “Gratitude Monday” Appreciate the kind words, your support and your great writing.

Take CARE !



Jk Allen August 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Hey Al,

Thanks for the including within your Gratitude post. What a huge post it is by the way…so many people to thank. I’ve thought about doing similar posts in the past, but let the idea go after realizing how many people I had to thank! As I’m sure you could have thought of many, many others…that’s how I was.

But I think the idea alone means a lot and says a lot about the kind of person you are and your character.

Thank you for the thank you Al!

Have a great week!
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Al Smith August 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Thanks JK. Yeah, i thought of several more people I should have included on the list, but like you said, it was more of the idea to show thanks and gratitude. It is really a good thing. I truly believe that quote from Zig Ziglar on the blog. We get when we give. What a day, man, and what a week, last week. It would not have been possible without all your hard work on the website. Thanks again brother.



Lori Gosselin August 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Hi Al,
I love the idea of the Gratitude Monday trending topic! How cool is that! You’re just getting started and look how far you’ve come! You’ve even got me thinking about gratitude. A LOT!
I believe this CARE movement is going places! I’m glad to be here at the beginning to see it!


Al Smith August 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Hi Lori. sorry I didn’t get over to your blog till late. Loved that parenting tip. Thanks so much for the kind words and all your support.

The gratitude thing works. i have been doing it for awhile now, especially first thing in the morning. Great time to connect spiritually, give thanks and be grateful. Awesome. I think we are going places too. Not sure where, but we are going ! Ha !

i am glad you are here too, Lori and very grateful for your friendship.

How about what John Sherry said: Dare to CARE (and Share) I added the Share.



Jermaine August 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Hey Al,

Sounds like you had an excellent week. I’m always glad when I see Zig Zigler quotes… the one you used didn’t dissapoint. Great article. I have to admit that I’m constantly working on being more thankful everyday. I’ve noticed that thankful/grateful people are a lot more pleasant to be around.They also seem to have a magnetic pull on other grateful people.



Al Smith August 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Thanks Jermaine. Your last two sentences are right on and so true ! love that; “More pleasant to be around and have a magnetic pull on other grateful people” Wow !

We all should be constantly working on this. Being grateful and thankful (No matter what) is the key to being Happy and fulfilled. Appreciate you Jermaine. Great post today.



Stan Faryna August 16, 2011 at 1:57 am

Thanks for the mention, Al. I appreciate you.

It’s interesting for me that you all have been talking about gratitude. Yesterday, I found myself searching for gratitude. It usually comes easy for me, but, wow, yesterday, had me digging deep for it.

I’ve been in a general discomfort for three days. And I have to admit that I was at my limit, yesterday. I’m about 8 hours from “home” and it looks like I’m going to be out here for another week. I don’t even know where to start my long list of complaints. [laughing]

Yesterday (Monday) was the celebration of Mary (mother of Christ). It’s actually a national holiday here in Romania. Some celebrated by going to churches. Others by going to the seaside. And most of all, there was a lot of BBQ, beer, and brandy going on.

The TV news was a collage of topless or naked sunbathing hotties (they do that here), old women on their knees in prayer, smoking BBQ fires, flowing beer, and the scenes of road fatalities (increased because of the drinking and rush). They actually show dead bodies on the news here – with the faces blurred. As well as the bare-breasts of sun-bathing hotties.

So there is some kind of balance in the reporting – even if the journalism here serves the political and financial powers that be. Such is Europe.

At sunrise, I woke up to crowing roosters, the hooves of horses clicking in a trot as they pulled their wagons, and even a grandmother yelling at a grandfather for drinking too much last night. They weren’t next door – but voices carry out here. [grin]

I’m burned out on weekends of country life and was only my second weekend in a row. It’s as charming as it is uncomfortable: bad beds, no a/c, iffy internet, flies whose bites leave a bump the size of a dime, etc.

I’m sitting on the floor of the outdoor balcony off my hotel room. Yeah, they didn’t think that chairs were necessary. Over the top edge of my laptop’s monitor, green, rolling hills meet a blue, blue sky. Birds are singing. Butterflies are flitting among wild flowers. It’s a beautiful sight to behold – especially minus the 19,999 pilgrims that were here over the weekend.

I’m trying to work on being grateful, Al. I’m trying.
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Al Smith August 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Wow, Stan. You got a lot going on. hang in there, brother. Some days are better than others. i know you will focus on the positive and things will get better. So glad we connected. look forward to following you and getting better aquainted.

Take CARE and have a GRATE-ful day ! Ha !



John Falchetto August 16, 2011 at 4:59 am

Hi Al

Great connecting on FB and I’m so grateful Kaarina featured you on her post.
Wow! JK is a multi- talented man, is there something he doesn’t know how to do? He excels at everything he approaches and as you point out he is exceedingly grateful.

I think the way you describe your week is genius. Looking back with gratefulness on how others help us. THanks for putting forward those amazing peeps, JK, Erica, Lori, Bill, Marcus, they are all A-listers in my book.


Al Smith August 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Thanks John and great connecting with you. Love that header on your site. Yeah, those people are definitely A-listers, just like you. Appreciate the support and encouraging words. love your writing as well. thanks again.



Wim @ Sales Sells August 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

Hi Al, just read in the comments that there are videos coming up, so very excited for that! I think video will be an outstanding medium for bringing your CARE message. It allows you to be even more personal and ‘real’. Btw wouldn’t we all want to see that notorious smile in your avatar on video? :)

Here’s to your success!
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Al Smith August 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Hey Wim. Thanks for stopping by and the encouraging words. too many people have told me to do videos, so i am going to give it a shot. we will see. Take care brother and keep up the great sales tips and writing. Much appreciated.



Frank August 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm


Sorry it took me so long to get here but I am glad I finally made it. I love idea of Gratitude Monday. I am sure I can think of a few people I am grateful to have in my life. You being one of them Al. This site looks great and I am so excited about the lives you are going to change with the CARE movement. Now I am off to make a long list of people that I want to share my gratitude with.
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Al Smith August 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Frank. Appreciate you stopping by and the kind words. JK did a great job on the site. I am thrilled. So looking forward to you revealing your next words of wisdom.

Let me know how your gratitude list turns out.

Continue to CARE and Share. Thanks again for your contiued support.



Elizabeth Thomas August 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm

You’ve been a go-getter since way back when (yep, I’m talking about the high school years), but I could never have imagined this thoughtful, supportive, striving, giving change-creator you’ve become. Way to go, and thank you for the nod in my direction with this blog. I am happy to contribute.

I agree that the way to change the world is by changing ourselves (our thinking and behaviors) and in turn, we will affect all those in our orbit. The Gratitude Attitude is a great place to start.
Thanks – right back at you, my friend!
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Al Smith August 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Thank you …….. Again, Elizabeth. You have been nothing short of remarkable. I really appreciate your words of support and all the work you have put in to help with “The CARE Movement”. More to come, my friend. Ha !



Caroline Leon August 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Today I am grateful to have discovered this blog and the CARE movement – I love it :)
As for Monday I arrived alone at a hostel in Rome to discover there was no locker to store my laptop in, just as I was getting quite concerned about the situation, a lovely young man offered me his locker and removed all of his stuff just so that I could store my laptop. I couldn’t agree more with you on the importance of gratitude!


Al Smith August 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Thank you Caroline. appreciate the kind words and so glad you met a kind person in Rome. Really liked your 10 tips on becoming a better speaker and the honesty in which it was delivered. Great writing.

Gratitude is the key. when we start our day with it, things just seem to go better.

Continued success and safe travels, my friend. so glad we connected.



Bill Dorman August 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything……..
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Al Smith August 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

You are missing something, Bill. Your brain ! Ha !



Christian Hollingsworth August 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

In particular, I just love the quote you shared by Zig Ziglar.

“The more you express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for” -Zig Ziglar

It’s true. I’ve felt it in my own life. We ALL need to experience it in our lives. I don’t think it’s truly understood until you HAVE experience that quote in your life. Express the gratitude, and watch your life change before your eyes.

Let’s see. What am I grateful for this week. Well, you! I’m grateful we were able to connect! Obviously there’s a little grateful bird going around chirping its little face off – because I was definitely on the same wavelength this week thinking about being more thankful.

You’re doing a great service Al. Keep it up!
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Al Smith September 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hey Christian. Was just replying to my latest post and came by here to see I did not reply to you. Sorry man. I think you know I appreciate you and all your help. looking forward to connecting further. You are doing some amazing things, young man. Keep it up.

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nonstandard May 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm

It’s good that you took the occasion to write this, as it’s a subject that is very really
important to me. Where are your contact details though? My name’s Georgia Mcdonald and I’d get into this more deeply.
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