I was hosting a conversation with Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money, who has been a friend and mentor to me. One of the simple things she said really stuck. She said “what we appreciate, appreciates.” In saying this, she meant that wherever we put our energy and attention, it will grow. For example, if we focus on the people and situations in our life for which we are grateful, we will experience more of those situations. On the other hand, if we focus on the negative, that too will expand. It’s a simple concept, yet its so relevant for this time of year.
For despite all the Hallmark images, coming together with family can actually be quite challenging for many people. We imagine this is supposed to be a wonderful, celebratory holiday time. And when our life shows up with something different, we usually feel sad or disappointed. We may year for a different sort of connection with our family. We might wish we had greater intimacy or more true friends.
And while it all may be true on some level, I would suggest choosing to look through different lenses. Remember Lynne’s words, “what you appreciate, appreciates.” So as difficult as your family may be at times, what one or two things can you really appreciate? Though your day may not be ideal, what does evoke your gratitude? There’s so many folks on our planet who, very sadly, don’t have enough food to eat today. While, in contrast, my own dinner table is so very plentiful.
So while I am quite sure my Thanksgiving today will have challenges (I am headed to a family gathering), I want to appreciate the deep abundance in my life–beginning with all the food that will be so lovingly prepared. I want to acknowledge how blessed I feel to be doing work that I love with a husband who so deeply supports my mission. I am grateful for people like YOU who are part of a loving community of people who are conscious and care about creating a better planet.
THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SMALL & BIG CONTRIBUTIONS THAT YOU MAKE EACH DAY. FOR YOU, I AM GRATEFUL!