My name is Dave Block. Like many in today’s economy, I am currently having a hard time making ends meet and trying to find things to be grateful for. But at the same time, I get tired of the “pity parties”, self doubt, and have decided to take action to be a part of the solution instead of the problem.
When I started this attitude of gratitude, I understood that by being who I am, I attracted more of what I truly want in life as all my thoughts of what I could not do turned into beliefs of what I could do as The Gratitude Guy was born. Now, I want to share these feelings of love and gratitude with as many people as possible.
As The Gratitude Guy, my mission has become to introduce individuals and businesses about the benefits of gratitude as the source of abundant healing, joy and prosperity. Despite anything that has taken place in our life so far, we have the ability within our heart right now to turn any circumstances around. Because the only way to bring more of what you truly want in life is by being grateful for what you already have.
As a result of whom I was being, I have met so many truly amazing and empowering people that have totally resonated with my story. One of them was Diane Bell with the San Diego Union Tribune who was kind enough to write a story about me in the local newspaper.
For those of you, who have not yet had the opportunity to read the story, here it is:
Two and a half years ago, Dave Block, 44, lost his job as a toll collector for the South Bay Expressway.
The former travel agency owner, who had previously filed for bankruptcy and lost his Chula Vista home, circulated his résumé and applied for jobs.
Instead of dwelling on his misfortunes, though, Block decided to give thanks for what he had — family, health, friendships, and spirit.
Eventually he got a job in Delta’s Sky Club and occasionally works as an usher. Nevertheless, Block decided to make a career out of being grateful to inspire others down on their luck.
He set up a Facebook page, “The Gratitude Guy.” He has filmed YouTube videos on gratefulness on his channel, mygratitudelife, with the help of friends he calls his “grat pack.” On Jan. 1, 2011, he began writing a yearlong gratitude blog: www.mygratitudelife.wordpress.com.
Due to his backlog of debts, Block says he remains “one payment away from having my car repossessed” but vows to keep going because gratitude brings out the good in life.
I offer my sincere gratitude to Diane Bell for taking the time to share my story.
Because I believe it is stories like these, and the countless many others we don’t hear about, that give our life true meaning. When we make a difference, small or big, to others, we open up our hearts to who we are being and start to show up on this planet, as we share our true kindness we were created for. For there is tremendous abundance in our lives, that money cannot buy.
Things like: unconditional love, respect that is earned, friends that mean the world to you, true forgiveness, genuine happiness, real immortality from talent and perseverance, and real peace from talking, thinking, being empathetic and understanding by loving your neighbor, caring for your family and telling your friends how much they mean to you.
As The Gratitude Guy, my goal is to set an example for others to follow that will inspire people to have vision, purpose and faith. I want to encourage people to take action toward their own personal goals through cultivating a habit of gratitude.
The Gratitude Guy welcomes like-minded individuals to join this growing gratitude movement as we can share powerful ideas on moving mankind forward. Together, we can produce enough positive energy to create amazing changes on our planet for generations to come.
Until next time, live each day as if it were your last. Then you will realize what is really important. And start to be grateful for everything little or big thing that comes your way.