Family. Football. Turkey. Mashed potatoes. Sweet potatoes. Stuffing. Noodles. Cake. Pie. So many great traditions make Thanksgiving the special holiday it is for so many families and friends. We were lucky growing up that our parents also established another awesome tradition.
Each Thanksgiving before we head to our grandparents (or sometimes after we get back home), our family kneels down around our parents bed and each one of us reveals what we're most thankful for that year. It's a pretty amazing thing to hear everyone's genuine gratitude, especially for each other given we like to give each other a hard time. Most of the time.
This year, I want to give you all a preview of what I'm thankful for before we sit down as a family.
What I'm thankful for most this year is: Perspective. That may sound weird, but I am most thankful for the perspective I have developed of life, the world, myself, and others in the 25 years I have been alive. What this perspective has allowed me to do is recognize and appreciate the concepts listed below. Regularly thinking about these concepts allows me to be truly happy and thankful for the opportunity to live that we are all given.
- The person that is primarily responsible for your life and what happens in your life is you. Accepting that concept and embracing the self-empowerment that comes with that sense of ownership is incredible.
- I am so thankful that I always had the basic physical necessities of living.
- I am so thankful to have a 220 family and friends that make my life so wonderful.
- I am so thankful that I had such a comfortable upbringing and a great education.
- I am so thankful that I had the support to take a risk leaving a great and comfortable job to pursue two of my passions, coaching and entrepreneurship.
- I am so thankful to be helping others (students) understand their gifts, find appreciation in their own lives, and gain the courage to pursue their most desired life achievements.
Tomorrow, at some point during the day, take a second to sit back and think about what you are thankful for this year. If you already do this, we love it and hope you continue to do so! If not, we highly recommend it. Make sure you share these thoughts tomorrow with someone special in your life. You will also be amazed at the difference between telling someone else what you are thankful for vs. just telling yourself.
Something that seems so basic can really make everyone appreciate how lucky we are to be alive with the opportunity to write our own story. The self-awareness that comes with this exercise allows us to recognize what we have and take advantage of the incredible opportunity we have been given.
For some of us, it is easier than others. But as I mentioned in the first concept, the person that is primarily responsible for your life is you. We do not all start from the same place. But we do ALL have the opportunity to write our story. Pages and chapters have already been written, but you are the author and can be as creative as you want to with the rest of your story.
Happy Thanksgiving from 220!