Angry? Disappointed? Disheartened? Be Grateful Anyway.

“Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.”
Kak Sri

There’s a 50 percent chance that you’re disappointed or angry about the results of last week’s U.S. presidential election.

Now, don’t worry, this is not a political post. I would never go there (not online!). It’s also not meant to cast judgment on anyone.

But as we approach the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to chime in with a different perspective — one that’s missing from the post election commentary. And one that’s lacking on my Facebook feed, where I’m seeing so much mudslinging.

Here it is.

I’m incredibly grateful for safe drinking water.

I’m grateful for a central heating system, indoor plumbing and a pantry full of food.

I’m grateful for two happy and healthy kids. And for a wife who loves me despite my numerous flaws.

I’m grateful for my parents. For all they sacrificed, for the valuable lessons they taught us and for the fact that they’re still here.

I’m grateful for the abundance of love in my life. Because love is all that matters.

T. D. Jakes once said, “Somebody is in the hospital begging God for the opportunity you have right now.”

So I’m grateful for good health, for a pain-free life and for access to excellent health care.

I’m grateful for my sister’s recovery from breast cancer. And for my brother-in-law’s improved health after a decade of serious health issues.

I’m grateful for a car that always starts when I turn the key. I spent years driving old cars that broke down all the time. And I often had no money to fix them.

I’m grateful for friends who are always there for me. For the dedicated teachers at my kids’ schools. For the blessing of living in a safe neighborhood.

For the change of seasons. The beauty of autumn.

For books and mentors that have shaped my life. For great ideas and opportunity.

For the kids down the street who sell lemonade and crafts out of their driveway. We need more entrepreneurs in this world.

For our two crazy dogs. We thought we rescued them. But they really rescued us.

For street musicians. Apple products. Art museums. Pumpkin pie. Pandora and Spotify. Homemade pesto. Small-production wine that was crafted with love. Great books… and cold, rainy days to read them. And the amazing gift of world-class coffee delivered to my door.

For the brave men and women of our military. And the first responders who put their lives on the line every day.

For the fact that I was born in a free, prosperous country. That’s an amazing gift, considering that a big part of the world’s population does not enjoy freedom.

For freedom of religion. Freedom to do my own thing. Freedom to travel and see the world.

For my business and the prosperity it has brought my family.

For my amazing team: Crystal, Brenda, Katie, Holly, Li and Jessica. Your dedication to excellence is inspiring. I’m honored to work with you!

And for YOU, my dear reader! I’m grateful for your support of our mission here at High-Income Business Writing. For reading my posts, listening to my podcast, and enrolling in my training and coaching programs.

Look, I realize that life is not all unicorns and sunshine. Life is hard. Life is NOT fair. It can be incredibly trying. And there’s no reasonable explanation for the devastating and horrific things that can happen to us.

I also realize that I haven’t walked in your shoes. I haven’t experienced your unique pain and disappointment. So I’m not here to judge or tell you what YOU should do.

But here’s what I do know: We have a choice every day.

We can choose to focus our energy on all the bad stuff. Or we can choose to think about and be grateful for the good in our lives.

Even if it’s just one little thing. And even if it’s just for a minute or two every day.

I hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving week.



  • Al

    Love it. Thanks for sharing, Ed.

  • Jennifer Alwood

    Well said. It is easy to get caught up in worrying about what you can’t control and easy to get complacent. I’m grateful that I found you. Your classes and podcasts always generate thoughts and excitement to grow my business and try new things.

  • Thanks, Ed. This is an important reminder – I’m truly grateful for you and other business/writing mentors I follow who are generous enough to share their advice and perspectives online. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Susan Baracco

    Your gratefuls list brought a tear – I share many of the same ones. Thanks for a wonderful post and your wonderful work.

  • Karen Lange

    Yes! We’ve much to be thankful for. Good reminder. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Melissa Bailey-Comstock

    Well said, Ed!

  • Ann McDonald

    Thank you, Ed. A great reminded of things we often never think about because they’re just there. Inspiring for the start of this Holiday season.

  • Gill

    I share the feelings. If everyone (or even a reasonable proportion of people) could adopt that attitude, imagine how awesome our world would become.

  • Elaine Eldridge

    Thanks for the timely message, Ed! Thanks also for your helpful suggestions throughout the year. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  • Karin Kercheval

    Thanks Ed! I’m grateful for your generosity and inspiration. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving too!

  • Nancy Ross Brewer

    Well done, Ed. We create our lives through choices every day. Your gratitude list — and habit of writing a gratitude journal — are inspiring. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Tracy Novak

    Thanks Ed! A lovely message. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • Cynthia Kincaid

    What a lovely message. One we should all remember. Thanks for all you do for us, Ed. We appreciate it.

  • Nancy Nuce

    I, too, am grateful for many, many things. However, I was shocked by the first item on your list. When I think of clean water, my first thoughts go to the people in Flint, MI who don’t have safe, clean water and I am appalled at how this can happen in a country like ours. I also wonder how many more don’t have it and don’t know it.

  • Susan Anderson

    Hear, hear! Beautifully put, Ed. I am grateful for mentors like you who help me create more/better opportunities and results as we go.

  • Rhonda Page

    Very well said Ed!!!! Happy thanksgiving to you and your family. Best, Rhonda

  • Kathryn

    Yes, I too am grateful for the mentors who have shaped my life and you, Mr. Gandia, are one of them. All the best!

  • Tsiresi “Bema”

    I am just grateful I found your message Ed and can still send you this short post – I am grateful despite going through tough time as a freelancer those days. Be blessed and happy thanksgiving

  • John Stevens

    Excellent message! The world could be a much more productive, much less garrulous place if more people would remember this attitude more often.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Cheryl Bryan

    And thank you for being so genuine, Ed. It’s part of what makes you such a great teacher and mentor. I’m happy for your sister, too! Each day is a gift.

  • Paulette Long

    Thank you Ed! Gratitude brings us joy and grace! We can’t always choose what happens in our life but we can choose how we perceive and react to it. It’s always better from a place of gratitude and love. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Way to go, Ed!

  • Kevin Rokosh

    Love your sentiment in this paragraph:

    “I also realize that I haven’t walked in your shoes. I haven’t
    experienced your unique pain and disappointment. So I’m not here to
    judge or tell you what YOU should do.”

    I’m grateful for the help you gave me getting my copywriting business launched.

    Wishing you and all my American friends a happy, safe, hassle-free Thanksgiving next week!

  • Hannah Glenn

    I so appreciate this response, Ed. Might be the first sensible thing I’ve heard post-election! Exquisite.

  • Elizabeth Farr

    Beautifully said, Ed! Thanks!

  • jjabercrombie

    Next stop for Ed: the ministry. Nicely done. I’m personally grateful for you and everything you share in your podcasts. Truly inspirational and bigtime VALUABLE.

  • Barb Hopstad

    I loved it. I think sometimes what is important gets lost among a lot of nothing. Thank you for a beautiful reminder.

  • Jennifer Kent

    Thanks for the awesome post Ed! I am so grateful for the continued inspiration and information you share with us. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

  • Anne Wayman

    Lovely… thanks!

  • Julie

    Thank you for this lovely post. Yes I am grateful to God for everything I have. Also for knowing you and learning from you through this site.

  • Ann Jordan-Mills

    Thank you, Ed, for that beautifully-written reminder that we need to acknowledge, and be thankful for, all our bounty and blessings.
    I am grateful for all that you mentioned, and more – I am grateful for my home in the most beautiful spot in Canada.
    I remember meeting you at Bootcamp a few years ago, for which I was grateful, and I always enjoy your podcasts and writing when I catch up with you (I’m not in B2B any more).
    All the best for the season.

  • Well said, Ed! And so timely….thanks for the reminder. I can say with certainty that I’m thankful to be a part of your team. You work inspires me to do better every day.

  • Richard Houser

    Thanks Ed, I needed that!

  • Superb post that will spark gratitude in everyone who reads it. Such a pleasure to start my day with this. Thank you, Ed!

  • Randy Cook

    Thank you Ed…great mindset refocus to begin this weekend. Time for me to start my own new list and to tell all the people I love that I do! Happy & safe travels everyone!

  • Kelli Clevenger

    Well said!Thanks for the positive words and the reminder that we all have SO much to be thankful for! Even when we’re going through difficult times, we can always look around and find someone going through much worse. I’m always thankful when I just wake up each morning. And gratitude is contagious…. thanks, Ed!

  • That ‘mindset’ is what keeps us going. God knows, my experiences aren’t quite the same but I can appreciate what you’ve said, because of the sincerity factor that comes through your words. Because of them, I can look at the other side and go forth w/a better frame of mind. Thanks! God bless.

  • Ray Boreham

    Nice one, Ed! We don’t take enough time to think about the blessings in our lives, taking them largely for granted. I write down at least one thing I’m grateful for per day in my Gratitude Log, and it inspires me when I go back and read it.

    God Bless us all at Thanksgiving and always.

  • Cathy Goodwin

    Good to be grateful. But If you were poor, black, a member of some religions, sick with access only to second rate doctors, or an immigrant, you wouldn’t have all those reasons. Gratitude is good but we also need to be mindful, and to be wary that we could all lose our freedoms.

  • Kara Stewart

    Thank you, Ed. I (and lots of other folks) appreciate you sharing this. It brings to mind that parable about two dogs / two wolves, depending on the story. One is angry and always looking to fight; other other is friendly and seeks companionship. The parable poses the question of which will grow stronger and win the ongoing battle. The answer: “The one I feed.” May we all feed the choice we hope to reflect to the world.

  • David Nix

    Absolutely true, Ed. I feel the same way. There are so many who would love to have the blessing we have in life and we should all work to remember that and be thankful for it.

  • Lisa Rothstein

    We are so lucky! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Violet Meuter

    Said in the true spirit of Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing Ed. Blessing to you and your family (including the furry friends :). We need to continue to support one another, more now than ever. Peace and Love.

  • Rosalyn Wakefield

    Wow, thank you for sharing. There’s been so much cynicism on the internet, it is refreshing to read a post I can relate to. God’s continued blessings to you and your family.

  • Pat W

    Thank you for a great blog.

    Patricia Annalee Kirk

  • Kevin Short

    Ed, I’m very grateful for many things too. And I suspect like many of your followers I’m grateful for your wise and helpful advice.