Thoughts on Gratitude ... No. 1: Make It a Year-Round Practice
November is about gratitude. Yes, even this year and even during a global pandemic.
Especially this year and especially during a global pandemic.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the things I am thankful for and about gratitude in general. Indulge me, please.
“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” – Doris Day
I’m grateful for my clients who continue to send me work and trust me to help them protect and safeguard their businesses. Grateful that business owners still see the value in a legal partner.
I’m a business owner, too. And I’m grateful for that. Grateful for the flexibility. Grateful for the opportunity to create a business that is all mine.
Grateful to be able to work from home. Grateful for the company of my border collie rescue dog, Stella, not just after work but now all day long.
Grateful for technology and software that make it possible to work from anywhere, anytime.
Grateful for virtual assistants.
Grateful for coffee.
“Be thankful in all things and present in all things.” – Maya Angelou
Gratitude is best when practiced daily, not just one month a year. At the beginning of 2020, I had a goal of improving my time management, so I bought a yearly planner, the Panda Planner. Little did I know that nothing was going to go according to plan this year – for anyone.
What I also didn’t know was how much I was going to enjoy my planner’s daily prompts to jot down things for which I’m grateful.
January 24: Grateful for Italian cookies. (I don’t remember in the slightest what this was about! But now I want cookies.)
February 11: Grateful for tapdancing.
July 13: Grateful for the hummingbirds in my yard.
November 5: Grateful for photography, my newish quarantine hobby.
This gratitude practice has helped lift my spirits and allowed me to see silver linings even in these unprecedented and challenging times. The fact is you have to remind yourself that there’s always something good. My gratitude entries in my planner have centered me and, yes, even made me more productive.
November is about gratitude. But an attitude for gratitude is something to strive for all year long.
You’ll be thankful you did.