Where does the year go? It is hard to believe this week marks the beginning of the final month of the final year of the decade. During the Thanksgiving holiday, I took the time to pause and reflect on this past year with a heart full of gratitude. This year, I found the courage to leave my corporate job to focus on my company. I was able to accompany my aging parents on three magnificent trips to help complete their bucket lists after so many years of them helping me to achieve mine. Most importantly, this journey has introduced me to amazing people who have encouraged and challenged me to be my absolute best.
Thanksgiving provides time for deeper reflection, but I have found that when I incorporate gratitude into my life daily, my stress melts away and I am reminded of the abundance in my life. Here are a few of the daily habits I created to help me live a life filled with gratitude:
Each day I spend a few minutes at some point in my day to be mindful and reflect upon the day. At minimum each journal entry features 3 accomplishments, 3 key tasks to complete the next day and at least 3 things for which I am grateful. Sometimes I am grateful for big things like a new client or opportunity and others day it may be the little things that I often take for granted like a warm house.
The very last thing I do each night after my head hits the pillow is to count my blessings. This is especially helpful when I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Turns out this habit was planted subconsciously in my mind in my younger years from the Irving Berlin song “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” from the film White Christmas. Not only does it help me fall asleep (especially on restless nights) but also helps me get a better sleep quality waking up rested and often with a solution for a challenge I am facing.
Take time to say thank you to someone in a meaningful way. This could be a handwritten note, a small gift or some quality time like a cup of coffee. The key is that it just more than a few words said casually in passing. Too often we take this simple gesture for granted but it can mean the world to many people.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and live a life of gratitude and abundance.