I have always thought of myself as a grateful person. I have been greatly privileged and have a significant understanding and appreciation of how that has impacted my life. I feel thankful for my family, for my home and business, for our wonderful customers, for our friends.
Those of us in the behavioral health world have long used ‘gratitude lists’ as part of the psychotherapy experience. Most of us have seen some of the positive benefits of recognizing the things in our lives for which we are grateful.
This past year I learned a new lesson related to gratitude. As part of a meditation experience focused on Gratitude, I found myself actively practicing being grateful in my day-to-day life. I doubt anyone noticed, but I actively started thanking people more frequently for large and small acts on their part that impacted me. Just a simple ‘thank you’ was all that I did.
I was amazed at the outcome. I felt so much better, so much lighter, so much luckier, freer and more privileged than I had prior to beginning this practice. I also found that, on the days I forgot to express my gratitude, I felt heavier, darker, more constrained. I have no idea how my behavior affected anyone else or even if it did. I know that it impacted me greatly and continues to do so when I take a moment to be thankful.
So during this Thanksgiving week, I wanted to be sure to express my thanks to you, dear Reader. I very much appreciate your taking time out of your busy life to read the words I write. I gain by writing them; I hope you get something from reading them.
Most of you are SOS customers. We here at SOS are very grateful for that. It is our pleasure to provide you with quality software and with the best technical support and customer service you could get. Thank you for giving us that opportunity.
We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. May your gratitude for the good in your life warm your heart and give you great joy.
Thanks so much for reading while I give myself such a big gift! I feel better already!