As we gathered around the Thanksgiving table this year, we were faced with a valuable opportunity. In a time when the shrillness of the political rhetoric still rings in our ears, we can make a resolution to step back, take a deep breath and make a choice to simply, be nicer to each other.
There is a wonderful phrase that comes from St Francis de Sales who said, “When you get into the habit of looking for goodness and beauty in your life, you get into the habit of finding it.” It’s a simple, yet very profound statement that invites us to look through a different set of lenses as we march through life with our fellow man.
Imagine if we all embraced the basic rules of common decency once again? What if we made the time to enjoy the gifts that we have been given, particularly those things we have worked for and earned? It would be truly be a different world altogether.
Here is a list of the traits that I would love to see in myself and those around me… to be thankful for as we move closer to a New Year: Courtesy, Respect, Politeness, Kindness, Consideration, Empathy and Understanding.
How do you match up with these traits in your everyday interaction with people? Are there areas where you could become that person whom others think of when they are talking about a mentor or a role model?
This is the season to thank God for everything that we have already have… as well as the many things that we don’t have.
Blessings to all on Thanksgiving.