Inspiring you to be more grateful each day

Let me share two anecdotes:

Anecdote #1: The VIP Experience

A few months ago, I was invited to give a talk live, in-person to a group of 8,000 people.
It was probably the biggest crowd I’ve ever addressed as a speaker.

Picture this.
On the day of the talk, my hair and make-up artist came to my place to do my hair and make-up.
Then the driver we hired for the day picked me up and drove me to the venue.

My team members went to the venue in advance to take photos of the place and coordinate with the tech team. They also sent me photos so that even while I was still home, I can visualize how the venue looks like, what’s the vibe of the crowd, and how I can ‘work’ the stage.


The talk went really, really well! Praise God!

Right after my talk, I and my team quietly sneaked out of the venue so as not to disturb the ongoing program.

Some of the participants saw me leave and they also quietly sneaked out of the huge conference room to say Hi and take selfies with me.

I had the chance to see and speak with the participants up close.

I was smiling for the next 20-30 minutes to accommodate all the selfies and groupies.

It was such a heartwarming experience. I love being up close with people.


The next night was the company’s gala night wherein I was also invited as a guest.

When I arrived at the venue, there was a long line of participants wanting to get in.
I lined up as well.

The participants who were in front of me and behind me saw me and they said Hi.

They also requested for selfies which I joyfully accommodated.

When the organizer learned I was already outside the building, she said,
“Ms. Sha, you don’t need to line up. I’ll come and fetch you.”
She was so kind. She fetched me and directed me to one of the three VIP tables in front.
There was an estimated 10,000 attendees that night.
During dinner, our table also didn’t line up to get food from the buffet area.

The food was served to us.

That night, an author friend of mine who sat on the same table asked me to go to the restroom with her.

(You know how women are. Hehe! We bond by going to the restroom together.)

When the female participants saw me inside the restroom, they said Hi and they also asked for selfies/groupies.

I love mingling with people and smiling for selfies/groupies with them.

I saw that as part of loving the audience and extension of my role as their speaker the previous day.


The entire two-day experience was such a beautiful, heartwarming moment for me.

I felt so loved and accepted.

Anecdote 2: Sha as the driver

Last Thursday, I took on a different role — that of a driver.

I woke up early to finish some work.

Then I drove to another city to pick up my two-year old Godson.
As soon as he and his nanny got inside my car, I changed my car song to Cocomelon, his favorite.

I drove him to his class.

Then I waited in a nearby coffee shop for him to finish his class.
When he was done, I picked him up again, then drove them back home.

I was literally his driver that day. Hahaha!

Last Saturday, I woke up very early.
I moved my swimming lesson 30 minutes earlier because I had an important role again —

pick up my grandson, bring him to his class, then drive him home.
This time, my friend (his mom) joined.

Driving for my Godson and waiting for him to finish his class were so heartwarming for me.

I have so much love for the little guy even if he is not my son. Hehe!

It feels so good to love just because you want to love.

Two different experiences — one wherein I was treated like a VIP and the other one wherein I was the one treating my little Godson like a VIP.

Both were done with love.
Both were heartwarming.

I believe this is what life is all about.
Everything boils down to LOVE.



Earlier today, I had lunch with my friend and mentor Avi Liran, Pam (one of LinkedIn’s Top 30) and her husband Manny. I just met Pam yesterday after my breakfast with Avi and we bonded right away. Thus, we organized another lunch with Avi (and with Pam’s husband) today.

Avi is a TEDx/IDEASx speaker (Economist, MBA and basketball coach) who is on a mission to delight the world, one person, one workplace at a time. He is based in Singapore and he is currently here in Manila for a couple of days.

After our lunch, we played this “Values” game that Avi usually facilitates for the top corporate leaders who hire him as a speaker and consultant.

Avi asked what our top values were and my top value was LOVE.

Whether you are given a small task or a big task, it’s up to us how we show up.
We can do everything with love.

(I don’t always do it perfectly.)

My Mama has influenced me big time to do everything with love and excellence.
Whether she was watering the plants, preparing her lesson plan, or cooking for our family, she was fully present and she did everything with love and excellence.

At work, how can we do our task with love?
In your profession, how can you love your clients and colleagues?

I wish you love, joy, and peace today and everyday! 🙂

Cheers,
Sha

P.S. Excited for you to do things with love! 🙂

Sha Nacino

Sha Nacino is an author of 14 books, a keynote speaker on gratitude & creativity, and the founder of World Gratitude Summit and Thrive University. She is the recipient of the Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the United Nations Global Entrepreneur Council.

She is the host of The Author's Voice Podcast and Joy & Peace Podcast for Catholic Singles.

You can find her on IG at https://instagram.com/sha_nacino

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