Today, have you expressed gratitude for the now? Have you told your friends, family, colleagues or coworkers that you are grateful to them for the joy and happiness they bring?
Gratitude and appreciation are simple things. Yet, if we cannot exist in the now, future plans mean nothing.
If you do not have enough now–assuming your basic needs are met for food, shelter, and security–if today is not enough, then what will be different in the future?
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. —Melody Beattie
As you wrap up this year and look to begin the next with a clean slate, ask yourself these questions.
- What you would like to let go from this year?
- What would you like to take with you to the next year?
- What can you do today to make change happen, so that you continue to have and build the life you want?
Gratitude and appreciation for the now makes a humble home a palace, and a snack a feast. It is a simple way to give back to the people in your life, and let them know you appreciate all they do for you.
This season is often looked at as a season of “getting”, but it is really the giving that matters.
Giving to others brings happiness. We cannot own happiness; it is a state of mind. It comes from living every moment in a state of gratitude, appreciation, and grace.
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. —Oprah Winfrey
As you prepare for the new year, please remember to plan in time for your friends, family, coworkers, and colleagues. Let go of focusing only on material achievements. Those are only one part of success.
Here’s to living in gratitude for the now, with cheers to the New Year.
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