Take a Perspective of Gratitude

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to attend my good friend’s (fraternity brother Alec Goecke)


Troy was a pretty happening place.  Just like any other city, there are places to go and not go, but overall it was very nice.  One morning I got up and went for a run around the hotel area where I was staying.  I was running the perimeter of the apartment community.  It was very well taken care of, and every person I ran by smiled, gave me a high five and said, “Nice job, Cory. Keep up the good work!  You are looking fantastic!”  Alright, they might have not said that or given me a high five, but everyone was friendly.

At this point I started thinking, “Could I see myself moving from Dayton and living here or any other place for that matter?”  I would have to get a new job, new friends, and a new bar to drink at where the bartender knows I don’t have a drinking problem; rather I enjoy their company oh so much.

I then started to list all of the things I am grateful for here in the City of Dayton.  That list went a little something like this:

  • I live in a city where the cost of living is fantastic and Goldilocks (Just Right)
  • I am a part of a thriving arts community that has numerous resources dedicated to making sure they continue to put on the best performances possible
  • Within a stone’s throw I can have a drink, dine at a first class restaurant, see a comedy show and then dance the night away with my friends and our shoes in a circle
  • I am inspired daily by the people I meet and the organizations I am a part of

Pro Tip #6 - Have an attitude of gratitude

So many times we get caught up in the idea that when we have the opportunity to experience something new, it has to be better.  Not necessarily.  Take a second and do a quick inventory of what you have in your life and be grateful for those things.

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