“We could never have guessed / were already blessed / There we were…”
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The days leading to and during the holidays are times of deeper reflection for many. The slowing of our work schedules and the numerous celebrations involving family and friends help us pause to count our many blessings. This past week my son and his wife visited us, driving from Madison, Wisconsin to Warminster, Pennsylvania to reconnect and enjoy some quality time together.
Delicious meals, extended family gatherings, and playing with our daughter’s children Weston and Ella were some highlights. Perhaps the greatest blessing was simply noting how thankful we were to be in each other’s company.
In what ways do you already count your many blessings? How can and will you approach this holiday season and the year ahead with a more mindful and heartfelt appreciation for all that you have?
“Don’t live life in the Past Lane.”
—Samantha Ettus, advisor at the Forbes School of Business & Technology
The holiday season is often filled with family and friends, time off from work, and hopefully a bit of self-reflection.
Today’s quote cautions us not to dwell too much on the past, where mistakes, set-backs, failures, or even thoughts about the “good old days” may limit our perspective and future efforts.
At this time of year, how will you get out of the fast land and the past lane to more fully realize the life you desire?
“Grudges get heavier the longer they are carried.”
—P.K. Thomajan, 20th Century Essayist
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I find it particularly interesting that many people do not always experience the holiday season with the joy and happiness the media would suggest.
With the season now in our rear-view mirror, I’ve observed many of my professional colleagues, friends, and clients share some not so happy tales of gatherings that went badly, due to the less than warm feelings carried into these occasions.
Perhaps not so surprising is the fact that many people avoid these gatherings altogether, and have done so for many years, due to the heaviness of the grudges they carry.
With whom are you carrying a heavy and burdensome grudge, personally or professionally?
What strategies and approaches can you use to lighten your load and improve these relationships?
Consider picking up a copy of Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott, for some strategies to consider.
“Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and Behold! Everything is softer and more beautiful.”
-Norman Vincent Peale, 20th Century minister and author
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A friend and colleague, Dr. Jean Ann Larson, shared today’s quote in her recent newsletter. Regardless of your religious beliefs or spiritual practices, this time of year holds a certain specialness for most people.
It is a time of reflection, generosity, forgiveness, gratitude, and hope which, as Peale points out, softens and beautifies our world, inspiring us to carry the magic into the New Year.
Throughout the holidays, please use your own magic wand to soften and beautify your world. Imagine the possibility of seven billion people doing the same.