Cultivating gratitude matters. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts, and benefits we’ve received. When we look at life as a whole, gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life. We recognize the sources of this goodness as being outside of ourselves. We can appreciate positive traits in ourselves, but I true gratitude involves a humble dependence on others: We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
– Albert Camus
Whether it be chaotic times like the present or just everyday times in your life, who do you know that “just walks beside you” every step of the way? Who are your truly grateful for? It’s one thing to have friends who provide support during times of success. But genuine friends are there through all of our peaks and valleys —the grief, the joy, the failures, and everything in between. Through their example, their kindness and other attributes, genuine friends make us better versions of ourselves, which is one of the greatest gifts they could ever give. And most of all, they are present and they really listen.
It’s been another challenging year, with uncertainty and anxiety for so many. What better time than now to give those truly special friends in your lives —the ones that continue to “just walk beside you” a shout out of gratitude? Right here. Right now.
I’ll start by thanking my best friend and beautiful wife Ali who by word and deed has made me a better version of myself from the moment we met. Quoting Amy Poehler; “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” … Ali is the nucleus of “my group” who challenges and inspires me and because of her, I now know that “fairytales” DO come true …
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