As we write this on the morning of June 15, we are 162 days away from Thanksgiving 2022. That puts us 139 days away from the first day of November. Why does that matter, as we’re just kicking off summer? Shouldn’t we slow down to enjoy some sunshine before we fast forward to Thanksgiving?
Actually, thanksgiving is the whole point. Or, said a bit better, the practice of gratitude. Every year, as the beginning of November rolls around, there is a flood of social posts around naming one thing you’re grateful for each day throughout the month. Then, as we get closer to the big day, we get laser-focused on what things we’re thankful for as we share our turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.
Where does that fit mid-way through June?
Today, right now, you have a ton of things to be thankful for! We all do. And, if you’re reading this, you don’t have to wait until November and Thanksgiving Day to reflect on gratitude. You can do it right now. If you’re not already spending some time every day naming the things you’re grateful for, then halfway through the year is the perfect time to slow down and do it.
Like right now, stop what you’re doing, and do it.
Name the things you’re grateful for in your head or grab a sheet of paper and make a list. Spend a moment enjoying each person, event, or thing that you’re grateful for. Then, let yourself smile for just a minute.
There’s so much noise and negativity in the world right now. Every day’s news cycle can feel more upside-down than the last. Gratitude is the perfect way to create space for a personal reset, and if you do this, the odds are that you will show up better throughout your whole day.
Too often, we go fast and forget to practice gratitude, suffering from gratitude-amnesia and focusing on what’s not good vs. what is. We let the calendar dictate our level of gratitude, ramping it up as we approach Thanksgiving Day, but forgetting it once January hits. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt… but we’re not stuck there.
It’s time for a mid-year gratitude reset.
Where we focus is where we put our energy. So focus on what you’re grateful for today, and then keep it going until November.