Blessings in Disguise - The Jagged Path to Becoming a Gratitudaholic

For all of the horrendous muck (shall I say...) that I've encountered in my life, I somehow keep getting rescued from toxic pity parties. A nearly four-year legal battle wearing a victim's name badge, you'd think I would be totally thrilled by "winning".

Not actually, instead, I realized how ridiculously long we can perpetuate problems by mere tweaks on our attitude. Looking at the linear timeline, it all just seemed "the norm" for most people's stories in the 2008 to 2011 range here in the US.

For me, it was more a lesson in the power of our minds. Were it not our risk to move Prints Charming out of the trashed rental home, who knows where we would be today. Call it a coincident, out-of-the-blue or an overnight success (that merely took 18 years), what happened is nothing shy of a miracle.

A miracle that I could have brought to fruition much sooner, had my thoughts been congruent with my desired destination. (THAT, will likely be the topic of my first class!)

1 - Moved the studio out BEFORE we were even sure that we could sustain. Result: Better attitude, sales increased.

2 - Drama-free dialogue in my new, more inspiring space suddenly released the Universal noose from the 7 year old "For Sale" sign. The rental sold, and ALL SORTS of new beginnings took place.

3 - We outgrew that studio location within the two years of leasing, sought and found an INCREDIBLE LOCATION for the business and pending classes.

4 - On discovery of my move, and history with the Portland Rose Festival, The Lake Oswego Review ran a story in their business section highlighting the move. More than that, they flirted with the edge of highlighting my somewhat Spiritual slant on the chain of events. (THANK YOU CLIFF - YOU WILL BE MISSED UPON RETIREMENT)

5 - Seemingly on reflection of the history, a Portland Rose Festival Foundation board member threw my name in the hat for Honorary Knighthood by the Royal Rosarians. (Humbling story here)

It's not like I haven't been building a foundation for nearly 20 years, but in retrospect, there has been such an AMAZING barrage of Shift occurring, that it led me back to studying and writing about the Universal Laws that I was once breaking, now understanding.

I had an amazing lift in the mid 2000's that increased my awareness around Spiritual practices like tithing, forgiveness and the POWER of our co-creating Minds. When fear set in, I spun downward in a chain of events. Today, however, I've made it my Purpose (yes, with a CAP P.) to take as many others with me back up the spiral that is again allowing me to never fret the "muck", rather to evaluate how I invited it.

Gratitudaholic is not just a clever neologism (mine, thank you very much!) but a behavior that has warded off potential complacency as I advance my life in monumental ways.

I look forward to spending more time on this page, and building an audience of people that want to THRIVE in this parenthesis called life. To live full, die empty and leave a legacy that leaves few to morn your departure. Why?.. Because it will be clear that you lived a blessed life.




Brian Geraths

Passionate for nature, life, writing and sharing, this site is mutually dedicated to my three favorite vehicles through life - Photography, Writing and Speaking. As professional photographer I was (and still am) in my favored "Observer" mode. As writer, these observations exposed a deeper understanding into ethics, authenticity and leadership. As speaker, I get to be selfish. In giving we gain - big! By helping you to discover your own authenticity, passion and where you too are a leader, I get a huge pang of fulfillment. Yes, I am a giver - the most selfish sort of person that ever was. (that is, once you realize how great the results of giving truly are)