Posted by: drewdice | December 24, 2009

Gratitude

For some reason (probably many reasons), the holiday season brings a surge in goodwill, extra merriment and cheer, kindness towards other humans, and a sense of gratitude for what we have in our lives.

Over the years, I have always had mixed emotions about this occurrence, and here is why:

While I enjoy the spirit that comes with this time of year, I am also a bit put off that people need an excuse to show “extra” kindness to others, to express gratitude, to care just a bit more, to, well, act the way an individual should act each and every day.

Growing up, weren’t we taught the importance of good manners? Didn’t we all learn the golden rule? Wasn’t sharing part of the foundation we learned as children? So, where did it all go?

Why is it so hard for people to embrace and act on the lessons learned so many years ago. I don’t buy into the argument that times have changed, or that those lessons don’t apply any more.

Passion for people, for doing what is right, for sharing our true, vulnerable selves and expressing gratitude as a regular practice is the stuff that makes a difference.

Enjoy the holidays, and share your spirit generously and throughout the year.

Cheers,

Andrew

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  1. Couldn’t agree more my friend. The world would be a better place if everyone did that. What we can do is our part and lead by example. Pick up the phone once in a while. Send an email. Hold the door open. Let that car into your lane. They are all little things we can do each and every day and even if they aren’t recognized, we know they have been done. You never know what someone else is going through, but you can be a bright spot in their day.

    Cheers to you and all the best this holiday season Drew 🙂

    • Chris,

      Thanks for the post, and the part of your comment that most resonates with me is that a person never does know what someone else is going through. I can’t count the number of times someone has made a difference in my day, and I’m quite sure they didn’t know it (I could probably do a better job of letting them know!)

      We live in a time when many folks do things for recognition, and if there is none to be had, or no special occassion (i.e. holidays) when customs drive us to give a bit extra, I believe that the general population forgets the power of giving. What I also love about your comment is that the things you mention, picking up the phone, opening a door etc, “cost” nothing, and have such an immense payoff.

      I recognize that there are people who do make these things a common practice every day, and for that, I am thankful, but we can do better; much better.


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