As we enter the season of giving, and with Thanksgiving being right around the corner, it’s not unusual for people to take a step back and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. There are different ways that we can do this. My family has a tradition, as I’m sure many of yours do, of going around at the Thanksgiving dinner table and saying one thing you are truly grateful for this year.
Two years ago, during one of our Staff Development days, I gave each of my staff a glass mason jar, a small note pad of paper, and a pretty gel pen, and asked them to write their name, followed by “Gratitude Jar” on the jar tag. I told them that each day, they should try to find something they were grateful for, write it down on a piece of paper, and add it to their jar. Then, at the end of the year, they could go back and read each of them as a special day of gratitude.
This year, I was invited, with some of my friends, to take part in the Days of Gratitude for the month of November on Facebook. Each day, you write on Facebook something you are grateful for. Just think how fun it will be next year when you get your Time Hop memories!
Regardless of how big or small, there is always something to be grateful for. We are grateful for our spouses, our children, our family members, our friends. We are grateful for reconnecting with a long lost friend, for a random act of kindness by a stranger, for that much overdue night out with friends, and the laughs that make our stomachs hurt. We are grateful for our jobs, for our mentors, for the difference we are able to make in other people’s lives.
We are grateful for our health. For the ability to get out of bed in the morning. To enjoy snuggles from our furry babies while we have a cup of coffee. Thanksgiving was always a time for me to do this, but 14 years ago when I went home during Thanksgiving break to have my surgery to remove my cancer, it took on a whole new meaning of gratitude.
As we gear up for the holidays, reflect on what you’re grateful for. Ask your kids, your family, your friends, your work colleagues. If you can do something, big or small to make someone else’s holidays a little brighter, do so. If you are looking for something to do, join us at the WBC Annual Holiday Fundraiser to Benefit Whitney Young Health on December 12th from 11:30-1:30pm at the Desmond (Purchase Your Ticket Here).