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Do you know the story of the “Grateful Crane?” In the story, a poor man rescues a crane that has been caught in a trap. To his surprise, the next day, a beautiful woman appears at his door, transformed by magic from the crane he had saved. She offers to repay his kindness by weaving cloth of gold for him, which he can sell.

The man appreciates the crane’s generosity, and they become good friends. However, his greedy neighbor convinces him that he can get even more gold if he forces the crane to weave faster. The man listens to his neighbor and demands that the crane work harder, causing the crane to become exhausted and die.

Overcome with remorse, the man realizes the true value of gratitude and kindness. He learns to appreciate the gifts he has already received and takes responsibility for his actions. He vows to live a life of gratitude, honoring the memory of the grateful crane.

The story teaches us that gratitude is not only a feeling of appreciation, but also an attitude that shapes our mindset and behaviors. Cultivating gratitude helps us recognize the value of what we have and show kindness to others. This, in turn, brings more blessings into our lives. On the other hand, taking gifts for granted can cause us to lose them and harm ourselves and others.

Gratitude is a powerful tool that positively impacts personal transformation. Starting from a place of gratitude, individuals shift focus from what is lacking to recognizing and appreciating what they already have. Implementing this in personal growth is crucial. 

An attitude of gratitude provides a strong foundation for personal transformation. It fosters resilience by focusing on what is positive in our lives. This mindset enables individuals to overcome challenges and bounce back from setbacks.In promoting a growth mindset it acknowledges that there is always something to be thankful for, even during challenging times. The mindset of gratitude encourages individuals to view challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, supporting personal transformation.

Jerry Frear is a highly experienced transformation coach, executive coach, and business coach. With over 30 years of experience as a pastor and digital marketer, Jerry has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to draw upon in his coaching practice. He is dedicated to helping people become their best selves, and believes that there is always something to do every day to become better. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Jerry, email him at or visit his website at