As we approach Thanksgiving and the holiday season it is so easy to get caught up in the business of life – year-end deadlines; strategic plans for the year ahead; parties; family gatherings; gift exchanges; baking; cooking; cleaning. We can quickly lose sight of the ability to – Stop. Pause. Reflect.
As I enter the holiday season this year I do so with a very different lens. I am pushing myself to a place of thanksgiving; of gratitude; of meaning and of appreciation. I am going to try and slow down the pace. The frenetic energy that can occur during this time of year can be contagious and consuming.
So as I stop to reflect back and think ahead I am keenly aware of the following:
- I miss my husband terribly but I am grateful that I had 30 years of marriage to my best friend with an amazing set of memories to lean on
- I must establish new holiday traditions and be okay with the fact that they may change every year. I know what I can do for this coming year and I will do what feels comfortable for me with no pressure from anyone. I own how I make the holiday season manageable for myself
- I need to manage some time during the day to prioritize what needs to be accomplished by the end of the year from a business perspective and manage those activities in an organized fashion
- I will think carefully about the year ahead (2018) and the key strategic initiatives that are manageable and meaningful – those will be the jump off points for 2018
I have so much to be grateful for and so much to give thanks over. I have an amazing family. My children are working together and with me to support each other through this journey. I have a wonderful career with meaningful work. My company provides people with the products and services to live (and enjoy) life and I get to come in every day and be of service to the business and my team on behalf of our customers.
My daughter shared this quote with me and so apropos to share as a part of this week’s blog.
“When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.“