The Power of Thanksgiving

October 05, 2012  |     |   0 Comment

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”   Aldous Huxley

Happy Thanksgiving!  Like most people, I am looking forward to an extended weekend (though I do have to devote some time to work) and enjoying a delicious turkey dinner with family and friends.

Most of us live very busy lives with many demands upon our time.  Given the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day regimes, I believe that many of us loose sight of the things for which we should be grateful.  We often miss opportunities to act in a civil manner by making a difference in each and every one of our human encounters because we barely have enough energy to keep up with our own schedules, responsibilities and obligations.

Thanksgiving provides us with a powerful reminder to take the time to pause and acknowledge the things for which we should be grateful and to stop taking things for-granted.

While there are so many things I could provide etiquette advice about with respect to Thanksgiving celebrations – such as host duties, guest duties, or how to give a proper toast to the host – I would like to pass along a suggestion for you to try around your Thanksgiving dinner table this weekend.

Before the meal begins, each person sitting at the table should take a turn to acknowledge something or someone for whom he or she is grateful.  Not only is this fun, but it is incredibly powerful and inspirational to have family and friends together to share this experience.  This should take no longer than 30 seconds per person so you can move on in a timely fashion to the meal that has been so thoughtfully prepared by your host.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to share 10 things for which I am grateful:

  • good health and the ability to keep my body fit
  • the unconditional support and love of my husband and family
  • loyal girlfriends who would give me the shirt of their back if I was in need
  • amazing colleagues who have embraced me and my business
  • clients who value what I do and are appreciative for my services
  • that I live in a Country that is not war-torn
  • that I can express my political views without persecution
  • that I have the ability to lead the life I desire
  • a community that I embrace
  • the ability to share my gifts through volunteering and helping others

Thank you for giving me the platform to share the things and people for whom I am grateful.  I hope you will take the time to share yours during your Thanksgiving celebration this weekend!


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