Coaching Corner: Thanksgiving Reflections
by Marilou Butcher Roth
Thanksgiving is next week and amidst the flurry of preparation, I love to reflect on how well I live in a place of appreciation. It is so easy to fall into our routines and take for granted those things in our lives that create joy or beauty or, (you fill in the blank). Just yesterday morning while doing my morning reading, I became aware of the sunrise which was absolutely spectacular. Putting down my book, I was able to enjoy several minutes of full-out appreciation. Now, that is not always the case--there are countless days where I know I am missing out on many things because I allow myself to get caught up in the “doing” part of my day.
Many years ago, a dear friend suggested using a “gratitude journal,” identifying items at the end of the day that I could truly appreciate, from small to big, size does not matter when it comes to appreciation. This was something that I did for years and honestly, I am not sure why that practice became obsolete.
Appreciation is an amazing way of keeping yourself in a good feeling space. It is so easy to see the things we don’t like, and yet, I promise you when you look, you will notice far more items to appreciate.
Today, tomorrow, and on, play with this idea--set an intention at the beginning of each day to look for things you can appreciate. You may surprise yourself!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!