With the Thanksgiving weekend upon us (in Canada anyway) it’s a time to get together with family and friends. Of course with Thanksgiving comes the big turkey dinner. As well as dressing/stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy,sweet potatoes with marshmallows,2 kinds of veg, salad and my favorite, pumpkin pie with a generous dollop of whipped cream! And while the food is high up in there for the ‘highlights’, what makes the weekend complete for me is the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. No expectations or extras (like one might expect at Christmas), just time together. A chance to catch up with people in their busy lives. A chance to re-connect with those that we may have lost touch with. And a chance to reflect on how grateful and lucky we are for the people and blessings we have.
I’ve always loved the tradition of going around the dinner table and having everyone share what they are grateful for this year. A chance to shine light on some of the positive things happening in your life. Best selling author and international speaker, John Maxwell talks about the subject of gratitude in his popular ‘Minute with Maxwell” free coaching videos. He shares that gratitude can have a ripple effect on the people around you (such as sharing your ‘gratitude’ around the dinner table). When you share gratitude, it inspires others to think “What am I grateful for?” Gratitude is contagious, so is in-gratitude.
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So this year, when you’re sitting around the dinner table enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving dinner (bonus points if you just got to show up and eat!) take a moment and reflect on some of the things that you’re grateful for, and share them with the people around you. When you start adding up all that you’re grateful for, it makes everything else seem not so bad after all!
Now tell me, what are you grateful for this year?