Giving Thanks

Happy
November!  We are quickly approaching Thanksgiving,
which is a time for expressing gratitude. 
This month, I want to talk about the power of expressing gratitude.  In November, we end every week by sharing what
we are grateful for. The items do not have to be big; they only have to be
meaningful  One staff member was grateful
that she had co-workers who supported her when her baby was sick, and they did
not guilt for coming in late.  Others
were grateful for friendships in the office, and others were grateful for working
in a drama-free office. 
Giving
ourselves the space to be thankful for all that we have helps us to see just
how much we often take for granted. Lunch with a client; having clients in the
first place; my three-year-old very passionately ending her dinner prayer with “Awe
Ha!” instead of “Amen”; gas in my tank, and having a car in the first place; the
ability to exercise; family nearby; the love of friends and family; the
humility and fear of parenting; a loving marriage; happy and healthy children;
rain, sun, cloudy days, blue skies—so much to be thankful for! 
When we
focus on the good, we might find that our perception of things will change.  One of my favorite quotes is, “We can always
choose to perceive things differently. 
You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s
right.”  It becomes increasingly more
difficult to be negative when all you can think about are the positives. 

I want
to share this because we all have things for which we should be grateful, and
even if the company is losing money, you are out of work, or a loved one is
sick, things could be worse.  I would
encourage you to think about what you are grateful for this month.  And, as you close out the year, perhaps you
can begin seeing the positive things that occur daily.   Happy
Thanksgiving!

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