Thanksgiving–the day we all gather together, eat too much and are supposed to reflect on those things for which we are most thankful.
Every year I put together a list of “things”–family, of course, right at the top, followed by the usuals: shelter, health, stuff etc..
But this year–I’ve realized that by looking at things in terms of opportunities, my thankfulness rating goes way up.
By extending thankfulness to the opportunity, we don’t get stuck looking for the next “thing” to add to the list. The “things” become something to appreciate, to cherish and care for, knowing that they will evolve and improve over time.
By extending thankfulness to the process, we appreciate that there is no end result, or bucket of things to store and save. We appreciate the journey we are on and the people and opportunities we encounter along the way. In education, we often look for the degree or certificate. But what if we could feel thankful for the process of learning? Of continuously improving? By engaging in our own processes of self-reflection we step away from the concept of segmenting off accomplishments and begin to look at the process as the accomplishment.
So with that here is my 2013 Thanksgiving list:
1. The opportunity to care for and provide for my children
2. The opportunity to love and be loved by family and friends.
3. The opportunity to provide software that makes a difference.
4. The opportunity to engage in learning.
5. The opportunity to learn how to fly…
Next year I hope my Thanksgiving list will be about the journeys I’ve had on my paths to friendship, family, education and success–not the bullet points at the end.