Dale Carnegie teaches us to “count your blessings — not your troubles.” And at no other time is this more pertinent than around Thanksgiving, which is centered around giving thanks for those things that are positive in our lives.
We all know that giving thanks and showing appreciation isn’t always the easiest thing to do, even when we have the best of intentions. We get caught up in the day-to-day and the daily stresses that prevent us from stopping to smell the roses.
But what if this year was different? What if this year you took the time to thank those around you whom you appreciate?
So this is the challenge I’m throwing down to you.
On Thursday, when you’re celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, single out one person. If you’re feeling brave, single out two or three. Take that person aside and thank them for having a positive impact on your life. Thank them for pushing you to succeed or for listening to you during your last rant or for their unconditional love.
Most of us are all too familiar with how short life can really be, so I implore you to seize this opportunity to show honest, sincere appreciation for those around you. I think you’ll be surprised as to how grateful they are for your candor and for your words, and I can guarantee that you’ll feel better knowing those you care about have gotten a little reminder.
And if you accept my challenge, please come back and share your experience here in the comments section, or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DaleCarnegieMichigan.