I spent more than 2 hours writing out Christmas cards. I have done this every year and it still gives me great pleasure to reconnect through writing the names of my friends and relatives. I can connect through individually written short messages on the cards, enquiring about their family, their health, their aspirations, or their plans for the next 12 months, while sharing a little bit about our family as well.
It was a wonderful feeling and gave me great pleasure being able to connect with my loved ones – even if only once a year through cards. When I wrote down their names, it gave me a great feeling of warmth and gratitude that they are still around to share our journey together.
Festive times like Christmas is about giving and reflecting. Reflecting on who we are, knowing that we are supported by family, friends and also the GoKids community daily – this is a great feeling and I am truly grateful for it.
During this festive season, I thought I’d share the topic of “gratitude” in this post.
Being grateful is something that we may have taken for granted unintentionally each day. This non-action may be due to our busy lifestyle and the many things that make our lives so easy and comfortable. We all may have so easily taken things for granted.
Being grateful helps to ground us and brings out the feeling of peace, joy, abundance and the beauty of human nature. Being grateful reminds us of so many things in our lives that we can indeed be grateful for. Another words, being grateful helps to ground us.
What can you be grateful for daily?
- Family and friends
- Opportunities in your life
- Spending quality time with your family
- Wonderful education and health facilities
- And so much more
- How to start?
Firstly being aware is a great way to start. Every night before you head to bed, think of one thing that you are grateful for. Use that opportunity to remind yourself about the many beautiful things in your life, your work, home, family…
This exercise will not only bring a smile to your face, but it will enable you to see and feel things in a more compassionate way. You will start to be more aware and appreciative of the little things that are in your life.
Gratitude is also an awesome value to instill in our children
One great example that I share with my son: He sometimes will comment of how tired he is of his studies and wish there were not so much work… By applying the “gratitude” mindset on him, I told him to look at the positive side – the opportunity of education, and with a little bit of hard work now that will eventually yield the results in the end … and the many children in less fortunate countries who would have loved the opportunity for an education.
Practice or create a “gratitude” journal and soon you will start noticing that the simplest things in life will bring you joy and pleasure.
With this note, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe, wonderful, joyful and peaceful Christmas. May you have a wonderful time connecting with your family and friends during this festive season!