With the passing of Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend, it is always a nice time to reflect and give thanks for the things and people we are thankful for in our lives.
In my typical fashion, I spent some time thinking on the idea of being grateful. Does it serve a purpose? If so, what purpose? Would our lives be different if we weren’t grateful? If so, how? You know the typical stuff that it seems like only I spend my time thinking about.
Although the jury is still out on most of the above questions, for now anyway (I had to find some time to eat all that amazing pumpkin Crème Brule), I did clarify my thoughts on some things.
Honesty is a virtue that seems to go, for lack of better terms, out the window when it comes to gratitude. I have never liked this idea of being thankful for everything. My grandmother dying – no, thank you. Cancer – nope, financial difficulty – don’t want that again. I found the opportunity in these events… but I would never want to live through them again … and I’m not looking forward to others I love passing away. I think it is impossible to be grateful for everything, even a bit strange at times. I have heard people give thanks to some absolutely absurd things….
The other value that takes an absolute thrashing when gratitude is concerned is self-esteem. It takes a beating because people are quick to thank everyone and everything (parents, universe, God, boyfriend/girlfriend) but themselves. Make no mistake about your life… you put yourself where you are! Do bad things happen? Yes. Have other people helped you? Yes, and you should absolutely be grateful. But make no mistake: every time you take credit or blame for something you didn’t do is equally as harmful to your self-esteem as when you neglect to take credit for something you did do well!
Personally, I would find it insulting if Rachelle (my wife) thanked the universe for our relationship. The universe didn’t make it happen, we made it happen, using our virtues and working together.… I’m very proud of that, and thankful!
Changing gears very quickly, another thing that we are proud of is Gainsborough Family Chiropractic. We are grateful for all the amazing people who trust us, live by our recommendations, tell their friends how awesome we are, attend lectures… I could keep going.
The point is simple… We would like to do something to thank you. On Thursday, October 25th 2012 from 4:00 to 6:30 we will host our first annual Thank You Day at the office. We are going to have live music and food; we will be raffling off supplements and even an On-Ramp for Life By Design Strength and Conditioning.
Please stop by to get your power turned on, and please bring someone with you, so they can see why you are so excited!