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An Attitude of Gratitude

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That sweet spot where it’s all happening. Where it’s about giving and receiving. The more you give, the more you get. Some might even call it a guilty pleasure.

Yes, you guessed it, we’re talking about Generosity with a scoop of Gratitude thrown in the mix.

Generosity starts with the self. Being generous with your time, talent, knowledge and expertise.

If you think about front line workers like doctors, nurses and paramedics, and the things they’ve had to sacrifice in their line of duty, they can only be described as generous. Why else would you choose to give up your weekends, work night shifts and be on call 24/7?  Selfless generosity.

There are many of these superheroes roaming the planet but in the world of Surrogacy, I can think of one ‘little’ nurse in particular who was instrumental in setting up the Egg Donation, Egg Sharing and Surrogacy programmes in our clinic and because of her we’ve been doing Surrogacy for more than 10 years, which makes us one of the most experienced Surrogacy clinics in the UK. And I’m not bragging, I’m just saying because that’s pretty impressive generosity right there on a plate! I wonder if she realises how amazing she is and how many people she’s helped to have families of their own in her short lifetime…?

We’re talking of course about Sarah Templeman, our Head of Surrogacy and Egg Donation. Who went to College straight after she finished school in 1989. This means that she’s been caring for patients as a nurse for 33 years… bonkers! Can you imagine what she’s seen and experienced in her lifetime? The things she was exposed to as a ‘little’ 19-year old nurse… she’s still recovering from it, I’m sure. 

Working at this clinic has made me realise that generosity is about a mindset of abundance, to live and work with the mindset that there is more than enough for everyone, especially if we are willing to serve and share.

If we can learn to live from a place of generosity rather than fear or anxiety, scarcity or shortage, then we can all collectively make this world a better place. By being more generous with our time, effort, love, attention and talents, we can all help by sharing, teaching, supporting or donating.

Have you noticed how people with generous hearts, always have more to give?

If we look at the economy, just like money and resources move through people, society, industries and countries to make the economy grow, generosity too multiplies, flows and feeds communities, in a similar fashion. As they say, what goes around comes around. 

If you have a faith, you might believe that kindness is a duty or a gift. When in actual fact it’s a choice. Anyone and everyone can be generous with kindness if you choose to be.

The beauty of it is that when you give, you always gain something in return. Even if it’s only a feeling of gratitude. This place has taught me to give from a place of generosity, which in return strengthened my feelings of gratitude. Generosity creates gratitude, which in return generates a sense of generosity. The snow ball effect. The gift that never stops giving.

And to think we can all learn to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

When you activate gratitude and practice it in your life, you’ll notice that there is more to be grateful for. You will begin to live in a state of gratitude and naturally cultivate a beautiful state. And when you live in a state like this, you have more to give. You no longer focus on what you lack or what you don’t have but instead you’ll find ways to share your abundance.

You can’t be angry and grateful at the same time. Equally, you can’t be fearful and grateful simultaneously.

Gratitude is the antidote to anger, anxiety and fear.

We hope that together we can all be more generous and more grateful by embracing the beauty in this world and helping one another to live happier and more fulfilled lives. 

If you would like to consider helping others who cannot have a family of their own, by means of Egg Donation, Egg Sharing or Surrogacy, please get in touch with our friendly team.

For detailed advice, support, guidance and help to find a Surrogate on your Surrogacy journey, please contact our partners at My Surrogacy Journey.

“When you direct your focus toward gratitude, you’ll find true joy and fulfilment” – Tony Robbins, Author, Coach, Speaker, Philanthropist.

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