In honor of the much celebrated American holiday of Thanksgiving, I thought we might do something a bit different. This is a time of year when many reflect on where they’ve been, what they’ve done and where they’d like to go next year. Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, this still seems to occur with the oncoming “reset” of a new year.
Are you taking this time to reflect? Are you reveling in the gratitude of what you’ve accomplished or managed to get through or overcome? Perhaps now is the time to merely take an inventory of those things for which you are most grateful. What are a few of your favorite things that you’ve been a part of, connected to, created, or shared?
A few of my favorite things range from simple to breathtaking but all in all, they remain simple. Yes, there have been big accomplishments, a soon to be released new book, wonderful travel adventures and connections with audiences, customers, and friends. Yes, there have been moments of thought, even turmoil, and a few trials that have reminded me of the joy I experience when things are great, but it’s the simple things that sometimes keeps us grounded.
Even leaders need that moment of reflection, pause, and focus on that which they enjoy and are proud of, and are grateful for. Our lives are not all numbers, tasks, things to do, or the next business milestone. Sometimes it’s the simplest of small pleasures that keep us grounded and remind us of how lucky we are to wake up daily, have a chance to go at it again, and live the live we were meant to live.
Gratitude and the joy of simple pleasures is contagious and you know this time of year, the gratitude you share may just rub off on the person who needs to hear it most. What or whom are you grateful for and might add to your list of favorite things? Take a moment to think on those things now and even share pictures with us. We’d love to create a montage of favorite moments of yours!
Have a wonderful and bountiful holiday and end of year season and of course, stay contagious!