A Moment of Thanks

by / Thursday, November 30, 2017 / Published in Motivation

What a year it’s been! We’ve had ups and downs, and we’ve had wins and disappointments. As humans, we tend to easily take the good for granted, while sinking into anxiety, anger or even depression about the things that didn’t go our way.

But there’s a remedy for that.

Take a moment to close your eyes. Think about the fact that you’re alive. Think about the people in your life who love you – those you offer support, encouragement, and belief in you. Think about those who look up to you – those who depend on you, those who respect and cherish you, or those who count on you as a friend.

That 15-second exercise just reminded you of people in your life that you are grateful for.

In this special time between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, it’s important to reflect on all that you have, and take a moment to give thanks. You can do so in quiet prayer or meditation, but my personal approach is to let people know directly that I appreciate them. It doesn’t take long to make a phone call, write a short note, or send a brief email or text message telling them how much they are appreciated. This simple action on your part can light up someone’s day…and you know what a treasure that can be. Start now, and continue it as a New Year’s resolution in January – it’s a habit that will improve the quality of your life and others.

Life is full of challenges. Everyone at one point or another feels overwhelmed and doubts their ability to continue forward. But gratitude is an antidote for these negative feelings. It turns your focus away from what’s missing, and reveals all the wonderful things that are already present.


Thanks for following my journey and letting me into your world. My readers include childhood friends, former teammates, people I’ve worked with over several decades, and people I am looking forward to meeting someday. For me, the ultimate application of my experience and talents is to provide motivation and clarity about Finding the Champion Within Yourself. I couldn’t do that without you, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting my purpose. THANK YOU.

Keep Going for the GOLD! Never Give Up!
Kevin Saunders, motivational speaker
Kevin Saunders

Kevin Saunders is a World Champion Paralympian, motivational speaker, athlete (with multiple gold medals) and author. Kevin Saunders was the first person with a disability appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports (only 20 people are selected for this nationwide) by the President of the United States. Kevin Saunders was first chosen to be appointed to the prestigious Council by President George H.W. Bush and was the only person reappointed by to this Council by President Bill Clinton and he was reappointed again by President George W. Bush as a constituent expert to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. Learn more about Kevin’s story and accomplishments.