This season of gratitude always reminds me how important it is to step back, look around, and be thankful for the people in my life who have helped me along this road.
The busyness of life can sweep through and keep us from ever expressing gratitude to these important people. Even during this holiday weekend, we get wrapped with traditions and bustle so much that we forget the true meaning: thankfulness. Gratitude was made to be expressed, we cannot let it slip through our fingers.
Today, I would like to invite you to make a list of individuals for whom you have gratitude.
Yes, you can even go so far as taking out a piece of paper and a marker and taking the time to write them down.
It could be a long list, it could be a short list, but who in your life has made you a better friend, spouse, and individual?
The following list is my own results from this exercise. An overwhelming sense of thankfulness flooded me as I wrote each name down. Some have been lifelong friends, some have come in and out, many support my family in some fashion and others are the people that I wake up and share my life with on a daily basis. However, this list in no way encompasses all the people in my life that deserve my gratitude. This is just a small sample of the truly amazing people whom I have gratitude for in my heart:
My wife, Julie.
My daughters, Jemma and Jolie.
My parents, Bruce and Sandy.
My grandparents (living and dead). And those that came before them.
My wife’s parents. Victor and Marina.
Our dog Rocco. And Stella who will always be in our heart.
EVERY Positively Positive reader and fan.
EVERY Positively Positive contributor.
My past clients.
My past teachers.
From this point my list will be in alphabetical order:
Barbara Seymour Giordano
Douglas “Disco” Hylton
Dr. Edison de Mello
Dr. Frank Lipman
Dr. Jay Gordon
Dr. Lawrence Meyers
Dr. Lissa Rankin
Dr. Myles Spar
Fiji – All of my friends in Fiji who were there for us this summer.
Fred and Francie Glassman
Heifara and Nani Duterte
Lisa Cypers Kamen
Margaret French Isaac
Mark and Ann Marie Cappellano
Rabbi Avraham Zajac
Rabbi David Eshel
Siridyal Kaur Khalsa
And of course my gratitude for G-D is overwhelming.
I could go on and on…
Share a few people from your own list in the comment section below. I would love to read about the bright individuals in your own life who have made you the person you are today.
*Photo by mtsofan.November 22, 2012