As I sit in my home office this morning sipping coffee the day before Thanksgiving, I would like to share three words I am reflecting on and trying to better integrate into how I will live through the rest of 2021 and beyond. The words are important when considered by themselves, but not magical. When grouped together and carefully examined through the lens of how we might choose to live a little differently, they can become powerful and inspire us to be better.
It is easy to be grateful around Thanksgiving and this particular holiday focuses us on the concept of gratitude more than any other time of the year. But, I would suggest we should always be grateful. Grateful for loved ones. Grateful for our blessings. Grateful for our lives. Grateful for opportunities to serve others. Grateful even for our challenges as they can teach us valuable lessons. Let’s be grateful…
The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday which kicks off a gift buying frenzy that thrills some of us and annoys the rest. Generosity is not just about buying gifts for friends and loved ones. Let’s think of generosity as a mindset. How can I help? How can I serve? These can be the key questions to ask each person we encounter in our daily routines. Presents are wonderful, but our generosity can transcend the gifts we exchange on Christmas day with donations to worthy causes or volunteering our time and talent in serving our communities and great causes. Generosity can be the gift of time and a listening ear to a friend in distress. Generosity can take many forms and should thrive every day of the year. Let’s be generous…
For many of us in the business world, closing the year out strong means hitting our numbers, achieving our work objectives, etc. That effort obviously takes time, focus and an intentional mindset. This is important, but it is also important to be intentional about our behavior. It means considering what we will start, stop and continue doing in the future. To put it simply, I would suggest that intentionality is thoughtfully considering how we will show up as better human beings today, tomorrow, next year and beyond. How will we act? How will we lead? How will we serve others? How will we add value? How will we make time for the things outside of work that matter most to us? None of this happens through wishful thinking. Let’s be intentional…
I am reflecting on these three words and hope this effort helps me to be a better leader, husband, father and community servant.
Let me know if these words resonate and I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
*Stay tuned next week for the 3rd post in the Upon Reflection blog post series: The Road Less Traveled