It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the U.S. I’m about to shut down my computer and make a delicious homemade apple pie with my daughter. But before I do I wanted to put a little good stuff in the air.
Depending on your outlook, Thanksgiving can be a wonderful holiday or a deeply troubling time. For example, while this year has been terrific for me professionally, it has been extremely difficult personally.
My mom and two very close friends passed away earlier this year. This will be my first Thanksgiving without them.
My immediate family continues to deal with ongoing health issues, but the good news is things are improving. And of course there was the U.S. election. It’s been a long 2016.
Gifts Are Everywhere
It would be easy to dwell on the difficulties, but it’s far better to think about the here and now. Gifts are everywhere if you just take the time to look for them. You and I have a choice in how we respond to anything that does or does not happen the way we want. We always have a choice. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that when life gets challenging.
So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to encourage you to make a gratitude list. Life strategist Tony Robbins says it’s impossible to live in anger or fear when you’re in gratitude. I agree.
Your gratitude list can be a simple collection of one-word reminders or a full-blown essay to help you remember how fortunate you are. My gratitude list is always changing, but here’s the latest and greatest. Feel free to use it to create your own:
Mary’s Gratitude List
- I’m thankful you are reading these words right now. The internet is a big place. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
- I’m incredibly grateful for my husband and daughter. They are my everything.
- I’m thankful for my amazing mom, all the fun we had and everything she taught me.
- I’m thankful for my wonderful dad. Such a kind and generous soul.
- I’m thankful for my awesome brother and sister and their families.
- I’m thankful for clean water and a roof over my head.
- I’m thankful for good health, good food and good friends.
- I’m thankful for the speaking opportunities that came through my blog.
- I’m so thankful I get to work as a UX professional. It’s a great gig!
- And yes, I’m thankful the U.S. Election is finally over 😉
More Thankful Thoughts
- Thanks to my corporate and startup clients
- Thanks to my amazing UX mentoring students
- Thanks to Rob Cubbon for featuring me in his best-selling freelancing book
- Thanks to Brent Weaver and the Ugurus team
Last but not least, I’m really thankful for two good knees. I only had one for about two months, which sucked. Two are definitely better.
Wherever you are in the world, take a moment to give thanks and reflect on everything you have been given. See how it makes you feel.
And now it’s time to start cooking. If you’re in the U.S., here’s wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. As always, thanks for reading!
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