THE GIFT OF FINDING GRATITUDE
IT’S ALWAYS THERE — WE JUST HAVE TO RECOGNIZE IT
This is the time of year when we usually gather with our loved ones to celebrate having each other in our lives and look forward to another year together. 2020 had other plans in mind, though, making this year less than ideal for mustering feelings of gratitude. But the reality is, that doesn’t have to be the case. It all depends on how you choose to look at things.
Even though this will be the first year in my entire life that I won’t be traveling to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with my family, I’m still so grateful to have them in my life. I won’t be able to gather with my parents and siblings for our traditional get-together, but if staying put means each of them is more likely to stay healthy, I can’t ask for more than that. Luckily, for several months now, my family has dedicated time every Sunday to having a Zoom call and catching up with one another, and we’ve created some truly great memories that way. If not for the pandemic, that’s something we may have never done. So, I may not be spending Thanksgiving with my family, but I’m still so grateful for this new connection I’ve found with them.
companies decided to take advantage of the situation and attempt to delay their own processes. Other firms and their clients might have given up at that point, but I am so thankful to our clients for having the faith in their case and our team to keep pushing forward. The bottom line is that without our clients, we wouldn’t be here. Without their determination to seek the justice they deserve, we’d be an empty office. They give us humble purpose when they come to us for help, and this pandemic has only proven their resolve is unshakeable. I am so grateful to them for reigniting the passion our team has for what they do during a time when we needed it the most.
Even though it might seem that actively recognizing gratitude is reserved for when you’re sitting around the Thanksgiving table, the reality is that we can create our own feelings of gratitude at any time. If we slow down to recognize those things in our life that are good, no matter how big or small, we give ourselves the tools we need to be happy and do better.
Whenever a new team member joins us here at the Whisler Law Firm, we like to gift them a gratitude journal. It’s a place for them to write down the things they’re grateful for, any goals accomplished, and milestones they want to achieve. Our team has found that if we stick with it, reading back through a journal like this gives us everything we need to either feel inspired or find gratitude at any time. So, this holiday season, think about those things in your own life you’re grateful for and write them down. If you cherish them and act upon them, you might just make this the best Thanksgiving yet.
– Josh Whisler