The family has come and gone, the leftovers are sitting in the fridge, and my heart is filled with gratitude for the many experiences, people, and things that I have in my life. I think that this is always a time that we all reflect on the things we are grateful for. But do we ever do anything about the gratitude that we are feeling?
We feel gratitude in our lives when we acknowledge that we are a recipient of a benefit that comes from a source outside ourselves. Oftentimes we feel that gratitude, but we keep it to ourselves. Gertrude Stein has said, "silent gratitude isn't very much help to anyone." How true that is!!
I would love to challenge you to do a couple of things this holiday season to help show others your gratitude.
1-Write a list of people that have helped you out. This can be in work, social, or personal life. Think of the people who have been an impact to you, and have been an influence to you. This doesn't have to be people that are even in your life right now. Think of those people in your childhood that helped shape your life.
2-Write why they are on the list. Describe their nature, and a certain experience that you have had with the person that you feel gratitude towards.
3-Write a note of gratitude. Take the time to write to this person to let them know how they have impacted you and why you feel gratitude for them.
Sometimes this is a quick and easy process, but with some people it will take a bit of time and effort to be able to express your feelings, or even be able to find the person. TAKE THE TIME!!! You will never regret expressing gratitude.
"No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude." - Alfred North Whitehead