There are abundant gifts available to be received in each of our days. Yet, how often have you found yourself trapped with noisy headspace. This chatter in our minds telling us what we have or are doing isn't enough. Then "BAM" a gentle reminder of a true gift is given just when we need it! Ha! Happened to me just last night while attending a women's networking event. As door prize winners were announced, I was pleasantly surprised to hear my name called out. First of all I don't remember the last time that happened! Just hearing my name called as a "winner" brought warmth to my heart and a gentle smile to my lips. Now the recipient of a generous coffee and cookie basket, my mind filled with gratefulness toward the person who had taken time and money to provide for the event. This morning after making coffee, I noticed the coffee bean canister just about empty. Not to worry, the gentle reminder of last evening's gift percolated to the forefront reminding me of the coffee basket sitting on the counter. This memory of last night's encounter with past acquaintances, kind words shared, the sound of laughter amongst attendees yet reflections of even more gifts available when we take pause to be present.
Gifts do come in all sizes, shapes and colors. They are around us always. The beauty found in these gifts is there is a never ending supply. Using this personal reflection as an example, be open to receive and offer gifts daily:
- genuine words of encouragement
- allow the safe touch of a welcome hug
- offer verbal and nonverbal support
- smile expressively and often
- love yourself from the inside out
The wealth one accumulates over a lifetime is not a dollar amount. True wealth is filling your life's treasure chest with non judgmental thoughts, letting go of competition and ridding ourselves of unrealistic expectations. Be not only the receiver of these gifts, but cast often your gifts to another.
Incorporate a daily practice of kind gentle thoughts to populate your mind for a strong step forward to happiness and fulfillment lifelong. Why not give it a try? Remember the word "try" is taking the first step toward change.
I believe in you and your success! You are never alone.
Chief Encouragement Officer