When Thanksgiving comes around, I feel a sense of expansion, a kind of fullness (even before I eat the turkey) for the people and things that make a difference in my life. Like so many of you, I’ve experienced my share of losses, but with each loss comes something found for which I am grateful. I don’t always see the “founds” right away, but can look back over time and realize that when something is lost, something always fills the void. I would much rather focus on the founds. If you choose more focus on the “founds” and less on the losses in your life, you too may feel a sense of “great fullness”.
Some of my own losses and founds that come to mind:
- Lost: a corporate job. Found: a calling
- Lost: corporate colleagues. Found: a community of friends.
- Lost: steady paycheck. Found: payment for work I love.
- Lost: corporate politics. Found: helping clients traverse corporate politics.
- Lost: Bessie, my beloved canine friend. Found: Edgar, my beloved leadership pug.
- Lost: someone else’s vision. Found: my own vision.
- Lost: self confidence. Found: self confidence.
- Lost: creative streak. Found: creative streak.
- Lost: worrying about what others think. Found: myself.
- Lost: people I couldn’t trust with anything. Found: people I trust with my life.
- Lost: success defined as collecting “things”. Found: success defined as helping others.
- Lost: two lovely daughters to marriage. Found: two lovely sons-in-law.
- Lost: grey hair. Found: blonde hair J
This is a fun, uplifting exercise! What have you lost which helped you to find great fullness?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and great fullness to you! I think I’ll take tomorrow as a day off from blogging……Lost: a day of work. Found: a chance to reflect and be grateful with loved ones.