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The Gift of Gratitude

Holiday Reflection
Like everyone I cross paths with these days, I too am feeling the end-of-the-year rush. This time of year is filled with events, many of which are geared towards connecting with family, friends, and colleagues. Although these activities are suppose to be fun and relaxing, people often feel enormous pressure to see everyone, buy the right gift, and create the "right" holiday party or event. This month, I'd like to take a few minutes to share with you how I stay true to my values during the holiday season.

Impact vs. Stuff
For some of us, the religious aspects of the holidays enlivens us and nourishes our souls during a crazy time of the year. For others, this season is a time to express our love to friends and family and show gratitude to professional colleges and associates. For me, the end-of-the-year holiday season offers me a time to feel the loving impact friends, family, colleagues, and clients have had on my life. As I unpack the narrative of the past year, I can see how my relationships and connections have been heartfelt gifts given to me throughout the year. Sometimes those gifts are not obvious to me, especially as I'm living my day-to-day life. While I'll always gratefully accept a gift in a box, my heart opens to the gifts that just don't fit in a package!

Gratitude and Planning
Part of what I do as a coach is help others understand how their own behaviors factor into how they live their lives on a daily basis. That understanding is what allows individuals to see and appreciate all that they've experienced in their lives, and gives them the support and fortitude to lean on those experiences before taking a leap of faith into unfamiliar territory. I like to think that gratitude shows people what they've been given in their lives, and planning guides them into the future. Planning can be as simple as saying you're going to do something and then doing it, or it can be as complex as charting out the steps needed to change careers or build a business. Even the briefest, seemingly fleeting insights can lead to profound change, we just need to attend to them with an open mind and a generous heart.

 

Looking Forward

It's been almost a year since I penned my first "Monthly Insights". I'd love to hear your thoughts about "Insights" and what you would find helpful going forward. "Monthly Insights" are for you, so please let me know what would excite you, inspire you, and compel you to open "Insights" each month in 2009. I'm grateful for your support, and look forward to your comments and suggestions. Your feedback is the best gift I could receive from you.