Feeling gratitude is a natural expression of this time of year. It's a time for friends and family to come together and experience the abundance of the past season. There is also another expression that is equally important that may be overlooked and that is the strong act of giving that goes into the orchestration of these events. While many feel gratitude others spend an enormous amount of time and energy to create the experience. They open their hearts and homes to so many, offering food and drink.
I had the good fortune this year being involved in the creation of this experience with a woman who is becoming a most important part of my world. Giving without thought comes easily for her, though has not always come so easily for me. Perhaps I felt that I lacked the social awareness or the skills to be a good host. What matters is that slowly but surely over the years I did discovered the joy that comes from giving freely and really appreciate the energy of this now. I feel that this strong expression of giving is the side of Thanksgiving that is often overlooked. So please check in with yourself and simply offer to be a part of each experience that you are involved in, throughout this season of giving. Then, perhaps you too will find the courage to begin to invite others into an experience that you orchestrate. In doing so, you may just be setting in place a foundation for the best year ever in 2018.
About the Author
Behavior Change Coach and Author James Barfoot holds certifications as a Master NLP practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist who is registered to practice in Washington State. He developed The Primal Toolbox a behavior change and coaching strategy based on a tribal models. James lives in Spokane WA.