2016: A Year of Thanks

Welcome to the new year!  This year we’ll be changing things up a little bit but I’ll continue as always to share insights and thoughts into business, family and life topics that challenge us on a daily basis.  One of the big changes, as is typical with each year, is the change to a new word that we’ll be thinking about. This year’s overarching theme will be being thankful.  Each Monday here I’ll share a reflection on something I’m thankful about, being thankful, thankfulness practices or the power of giving thanks, and if you’re interested in discussing some pet peeves, challenging life topics and frustrations I’ll be sharing a “reality reflection” post on Fridays on the Life and Faith blog.

As we start off our 2016 thanksgiving journey I wanted to talk a bit about what being thankful is really all about.  First being thankful is about being in the moment.  Yes, you can go back at the end of the day and make a list of things you experienced that day that you’re thankful for, but if you weren’t paying attention and fully present in your life throughout the day you won’t be able to recall many.

Second, being thankful is about finding that which is good.  There are so many bad, hurtful, annoying, frustrating and scary things in this world you could probably start writing a list now and not be done for several years if you tried to write it all.  Being thankful is about intentionally looking for and recognizing the good that is in the world.  Of course if you don’t believe there’s good in the world it will be a very frustrating exercise for you.

So as we head into this brand new year what are you thankful for?  What always brings a smile to your face and a spring to your step?

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” Harold Kushner

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