It seems like there are plenty of holidays spread throughout the year.
With hectic schedules and busy lives, it’s easy to crowd ourselves with the day to day tasks and routines.
Unfortunately, sometimes doing this pushes the art of being grateful aside. Then when the holidays or a significant event rolls around, we catch a little reminder to assess what we’ve been so fortunate to have.
Being thankful is an ongoing study, one which we must continuously practice.
The good thing is that it’s very easy to do and with a little forethought and insight it can be repeated as an everyday tradition.
At the risk of overstating the obvious, true gratitude comes from a place within.
From the practice of being warm and generous towards others.
Lets move away from the “what have you done for me lately?” standpoint and practice a philosophy of “what can I do for you today?”
Be thoughtful in your words, actions, and meanings.
It’s easy to get swept up in the emotion of the day. We all have so much going on at work, at home, and in our relationships and finances.
Being reactive to your own world means missing the opportunity to inquire about the day of those around you who you care about.
There’s no better time than now to tell someone how much they mean to you.
Of course, a holiday represents a great platform and reminder to do this, but what about the remaining 364 days?
Don’t brush aside the chance to brighten up somebody’s day or form a bond and connection that will last perhaps a lifetime.
Whether it is your customers or clients, family members, or spouse, tell them (and more importantly show them) how much they mean to you.
I believe one of the sincerest forms of gratitude is providing a service to others.
Just as there are people around us who we look up to and admire, we are also surrounded by those who may be in need.
Making it a point to serve someone who may need a little guidance or support is a genuine way to appreciate and accept what we have ourselves.
There are many forms of servitude outside of monetary donations, like devoting our time and consideration for example. Make it a point to provide value and quality to others each and every day.
Giving a little nudge that says, “you may like to check this out,” or “I’ve found something really special that I think might just help,” can prove to be miraculous for some.
Acknowledge the Hidden
The hidden are opportunities and the things we are so fortunate to have, but rarely think about.
We live in an era where mostly anything we could ever wish for is available at the push of a button (literally).
What about what we already have?
Are you a parent? Own your own business? Maybe it’s something as simple as the way that the sun shines in your window around 9am and brightens up your room.
Nothing is to big or small in dealing with terms of endearment.
Think about not only the possessions, but the characteristics of your current lifestyle, and your qualities and attributes that make you an individual – it’s sincerely amazing.
Now it’s your turn… What type of things are you thankful for? Do you take time to reflect on the “hidden”? Who are the people in your life that you are grateful to be a part of and what are some of the things you do to express that? We all have our own unique ways and I’d like to hear yours in the comment section below. Also remember to Share, Tweet, and Like if you think someone else may benefit from reading this.
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