There are going to be a good deal of posts about gratitude in preparation for Thanksgiving but I do not feel like it is a topic that loses it potency for bringing it up more than once. I would hope that we are not only taking this time of year to reflect on what we are thankful for because there are people who care about us. That’s right! other people who care and want to see us be happy and succeed and they are grateful that we are here. Often being grateful is about ourselves and that is fine but consider those who are grateful that we are in their lives.
I think of my wife and daughter, and how grateful they are to have me in their lives. From this statement you might be saying to yourself “Vain much?” but it is because I know what they mean to me! and what I would do for them. Now you can ask yourself “who is grateful that I am in their life?” if you are thinking no one, well…… that is just not true, and I can say that because everyone has good in them and there is a reason people are associated with other people. Because when it boils down to it, we are thankful for connections with other people, and being with others this holiday season means you can be a reason people are grateful.
This can be a hard time of the year for people, I understand that, especially when there are lost loved ones, or being away from those we connect with. This can be hard to deal with but please consider what it is that you can do this Thanksgiving. Be the reason people are grateful and remember that you bring purpose to the lives of those around you. Happy Holidays!