Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.
-Amy Collette, shared by Vicki in Chicago, IL
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
-Frederick Koenig, shared by Mike in Georgia
Every year around this time, as those of us here in the U.S. prepare for Thanksgiving, I’m excited to assemble and unleash one of my favorite annual traditions: Ripples of Gratitude. (be sure to visit our previous gratitude-themed Ripples).
There’s obviously lots of tough stuff going on in the world right now, and I know many people are grappling with personal, family, and/or work issues that will inevitably impact how their holidays unfold. As we talked about in last week’s presentation on Hope for the Holidays, one of the best holiday gifts you can give yourself and those around you is to contemplate these three questions:
What is it time to let go of?
What will be important to hold on to?
What might be useful to look forward to?
Is it time to let go of the way things *used* to be, the way you *thought* things were going to be, and/or the way you *wish* things could be? I’ve found that letting go of some of those can make more room for embracing the present moment and the new opportunities that are available today, while also looking forward with hope toward the possibilities of the future.
As you experiment with the right combination of letting go, holding on, and looking forward, I hope you can find some solid reasons to experience and share the gift of gratitude. And I hope that a bit of happiness can visit you today even if things aren’t all sunshine and smiles right now.
P.S. One of the things I’m most grateful for…is YOU and the wonderful opportunity to spend a minute with you every Monday morning. Thanks for being a sacred part of my happiness.