A Grateful Christmas

There’s just one week left until Christmas and as I was thinking about the holiday over the last few weeks and dealing with the traffic and general busyness of the month I found myself saying “Thank God” a lot. There were the moments when someone was about to back up into my car but finally saw me and stopped, when I found a gift I was looking for or thought of something to give someone, when I finally got home after driving to and from client appointments, when the checkout lines went quickly, when packages arrived on time, and of course when bed time finally arrived after very long days.

The holiday season is all about celebrating. Typically we leave being thankful to November and Thanksgiving, but you really can’t separate receiving gifts and not being thankful, or the reminder of what this season is all about, whether you’re religious or not. The season is about giving gifts whether the gift of a baby who would save the world or the gift of things that you don’t have and can’t buy for yourself or just are little blessings to you. But the season also gives us the gift of reminding each of us how lucky we are to be alive and have family and/or friends who care about us, and those we care about too.

So as you look to this week ahead I encourage you to look for opportunities each hour and each day to be grateful. Yes, there will still be extra cars on the road, gifts to pretend you like and people you have to play nice with, but there will be more opportunities to celebrate and be grateful than those that annoy you. If you aren’t seeing things to be grateful for it’s time for a serious coal check in your stocking and attitude check too. The bad stuff isn’t going away any time soon, but as we discussed on Monday, it’s up to us to decide how we spend our attention and time.

“I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family – and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.” Frank Sinatra

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