The holiday season begins with a festival of gratitude. Thanksgiving officially began in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. While this has been a more difficult year than most, Thanksgiving brings families together for food, fun and thoughtful reflection. What are you #grateful for this year?
What’s your perspective on gratitude?
In the most troubling of times, it’s good to know your motivations. Knowing what’s at your core and what makes you do what you do, that’s why you are grateful. What’s your why, by Simon Sinek, is a strategy to drill down on why, how and what compelling reasons come together to drive your passion and lead others. This is especially important for your family. When you understand what’s most important to you and how it’s a part of your every day life, gratitude jumps out! See if you can drill down to know these passions in what you do and why you do it.
The Values in Action (VIA) assessment is another tool to find your core. The VIA assesses values, like honesty, loyal, appreciation of beauty. To me, these values are essential in shaping our daily life. Our values are put into place in how we work with others, enjoy your physical space and connect with our spirituality.
Why you do what you do, what your values are and how you put these strengths into action is the basis for gratitude. It’s the lense and perspective that you view life.
How do you share how #Grateful you are?
There’s so many simple ways to express gratitude. It’s when a car in a fast food line pays it forward for the car behind. A simple handwritten note expressing gratitude after a loss or because of a gift. A gratitude journal or morning prayer bring you daily thoughtful thankfulness. Use your strengths to include habits daily that help you experience the joy of gratitude.
Circling back to your “why”, your family, colleagues and community are places to be a #grateful leader. Gratitude multiplies when it is shared. This year I have the privilege and honor of leading my association. I am grateful for collaboration, connection and communication with my friends and colleagues. Where can you take the lead for those around you to share gratitude? Are you ready for your family to experience more gratitude by helping at a community philanthropy? Is your work ready to share it’s blessings with a community food drive or shared work day? Look around you and find a way to share gratitude with your community.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”