Write a Blog Post anywhere in the World Part Three - Cape Town

Last Update: April 12, 2018

On Being Grateful

Hello Wealthy Affiliate Members,

It's my third week in Cape Town and my wife and I are very grateful that we are able to spend precious time with friends and family. Almost every night we have hit the town with friends and have ended up in comedy clubs.

As a stress reliever from the pressure of work, my son has plucked up the courage to be a stand up comedian. Now! we both know that comedy is not as easy as it looks. Last week we attended one of his comedy acts to a packed audience. I was extremely proud of his confidence, he dived into the act telling one joke after the other to howls of laughter from the audience. Another night well spent. I thought to myself.

The Effects of Gratitude

  1. I wake up in the morning with a spring in my step and so happy to be alive. I am not religious but I say '' Thank You'' and do believe that gratitude gives me increased productivity, laughter.
  2. From an emotional point of view I have a positive attitude to life
  3. I feel totally relaxed about life
  4. I cherish my memories
  5. It makes me less materialistic
  6. It makes me put the needs of others first before my own
  7. It raises my Endorphin levels
  8. Better management
  9. Increases relationships with your family, friends and work colleagues

Seriously! I hear You say, Gratitude does all that? Yes ! Why not give it a try and see for Yourself.

Cape Town is a city of extreme poverty and people are desperate and starving. My wife and I were walking in Green Market Square now the other day. We always hear of stories - how visitors are being robbed. I thought I was about to be robbed when four teenagers approached us, their behaviour was not threatening or menacing.

I did not know what to expect. I calmly looked them in the eye and said,' Hi guys how you doing?.. they replied we hungry man ..give us some money''! .. I declined and told them to follow me. We walked to the nearest burger shop and I bought them burgers, chips and coke. I know it was not a nutritious meal but as least it staved off the hunger for awhile.

Both my wife and I felt grateful that we could do something useful. But what touched us most was to see how grateful they were that two complete strangers went out of their way to buy them something to eat. I encourage gratitude with my kids and grandchildren. We have a lot to be grateful for in the Western World but we take things and people for granted.

Until my next blog from Cape Town


''Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation''.

Brian Tracy

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LouisaB Premium
My goodness Brian, I thought I was listening to myself

on a recorder. I think we both have the same analogy

about it. Especially , about attitude and gratitude!

This is what I teach in my comments everyday!

Same Philosphy.

I really love your heart condition!

Louisa B
CandiGirl71 Premium
Thank you, Rich, for putting things in perspective. We are truly blessed to live where we do (Western Oregon, USA) and to have the opportunities we have.

Bless you and have a wonderful visit.

JerryMcCoy Premium
Great Post. We can all learn from your example.
MonicaRobin1 Premium
Great post! Gratitude and Thankfulness..way to go!
bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Richard.