I ‘d like to engage in a bit of a philosophical conversation on this Labour/Labor Day focusing on the importance of gratitude in our lives.
I am certainly grateful for the importance labour unions have had in my life. When I started working for Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) back on June 2, 1975, I was told that the very next cheque after the first one I received would be 30% higher, as the union had negotiated an amazing increase for its members. We received a further 15% pay increase as a result of subsequent contract negotiations and many more pay increases and improvements in benefits during the (nearly) 18 years with the company. At one point, I was even on the negotiating team that helped negotiate at least one of our collective agreements. That was quite the learning experience, and I am grateful for having had that opportunity.
My father had also been involved with his trade union many years ago, so I suspect that it has always been in my blood to sympathize with the plight of workers — despite the fact that I have been a self-employed entrepreneur for the past 17 years. (My father also came to be a self-employed entrepreneur following his years in a unionized environment.) So hats off to all the workers of the world — whether you are your own boss or you are employed by someone else.
I am also grateful that I live in a place where good medical care is readily available. The Canadian public healthcare system may not be perfect, but it is readily available to us, and certainly put our worries to rest this past week when my husband was examined by the Emergency Room doctors at Selkirk General Hospital and diagnosed with a severe case of cellulitis. He has quite the worrisome rash surrounding his surgical site (he had bypass surgery in Feb) and is now being medicated for it.
I am grateful for numerous interactions I have had with long-lost and distant family members who re-entered my life this year. And the many friends who brighten my days and share my experiences.
I am grateful for the wonderful (albeit short) summer we have had in Manitoba this year. Several of the recent posts on this blog have focused on the fun and adventures we have shared over the past few months.
And I am grateful for my work as a writer, author and editor that enables me to learn and share that information with all of you. My work has taken me to many amazing places and provided me with the opportunity to meet many intriguing people. I am endlessly grateful for that and hope that the learning never ends.
I have been fortunate enough to have crossed paths with other like-minded individuals who acknowledge the importance of gratitude in our lives. Stacey Porto operates a terrific website at: www.virtuesforlife.com. If you sign up for her free e-newsletter, she will send you a copy of her excellent 19-page report called, “On Being Grateful: 12 Ways to Practice Gratitude for Health and Happiness.” The report is filled with numerous helpful tips on how to incorporate a more significant level of gratitude into your life.
How about you? For what are you most grateful? And do you let those who are important to you know it? Do you openly show your gratitude to those who matter to you? I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts on this most important subject. Until then, please know I am grateful for each one of you.