It’s that time of year.
The time of year when all, or at least most, of us give thanks. We gather around tables with people we love (or sometimes, people we tolerate) and acknowledge all we have. And stuff ourselves.
I try to give thanks every day. Or nearly every day.
I’ve found that when I notice what I have, I feel better. When I call out what’s working, I feel better. When I appreciate the big and the little, I feel better.
Do you sense a theme?
Most days I list my good things in my “good year box” list on my phone. I counsel clients to write three things they’re grateful for each day, and what they did to contribute to those things. This highlights gratitude and self-efficacy, both of which strengthen our souls and minds. As often as I can, I stop and notice…and notice…and notice all the beauty and ease and light in my life and my day. And I feel better.
I am giving Thanks for so much.
For my family. For my older child home from the Midwest. For the amazing dinner my amazing husband has prepared. For the fact that I got to cook what I wanted to cook, and I got to opt out and put my feet up and rest when I didn’t want to cook. For my younger child who’s spent some quality time with me recently. For my friends and the multitude of people I care about. For the fact that I’ve found long-lost friends and made new friends.
For the fact that this time next year, my book will be out. Did I mention that I’ve signed with a publisher and my book will be out?
I have so much to be thankful for. I want to focus on it all.
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Lisa, speaking of thank yous, thank you for this enjoyable post that’s reminded me of the many thank yous I should be expressing in my life too. I’ll begin with Diana my wife of nearly fifty years, lovely and modest and warm as ever.