Thanks, Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday
Thank You, Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday.
Imagine a world built upon shared humanity and generosity.The attitude of gratitude competes with the spotlight of holiday commercials at this time of year. GivingTuesday is about each act of generosity we have to offer. Tomorrow is the annual celebration of Giving Tuesday. #gratitude #GivingTuesday
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We wrap up November with Giving Tuesday ( https://www.givingtuesday.org ) which happens every Tuesday with the annual celebration on the Tuesday after American Thanksgiving. It started ten years ago as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. This idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Shared within this post are a dozen images containing gratitude, kindness, and inspirational words in quotes from these illustrious minds:
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Italian statesman, born 106 BC
Rumi, Persian poet, Islamic scholar .born 1207
Eckhart von Hochheim, German Catholic theologian, born 1260
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Genevan mathematician, philosopher, born 1712
Elie Wiesel, Author, Auschwitz Holocaust survivor, born 1928
The theme of gratitude that goes along with the pumpkins may be seasonal, but the feeling can be felt all year long. We can control this feeling because it is not about material goods. Gratitude is a recognition of value and an expression of appreciation.
Your reputation becomes your legacy. Be known as a grateful and kind person. Let your actions speak volumes. Become the Chief Legacy Officer in your life, in your business, and in your community.
This is a time of year for especially for love and appreciation. This holiday season cultivate gratitude and you will see a plentiful harvest that generates a field of positivity that reaches both inward and extends outward. Embrace and share it!
Feeling thankful comes in many forms. There is a book titled, Don’t Count on It, by late Vanguard founder John Bogle, which captures the exchange Bogle witnessed in New York between authors Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller.
“At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, the late Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, author Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel, Catch-22, over its whole history.
Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have – enough.”
A few years later, John C. Bogle wrote another book about the true measures of money, business, and life and titled this book, “Enough.” There is wisdom that comes with maturity, and David Whyte says, “Maturity is arriving at a sort of enoughness.”
Yes, feel and share gratitude. But it is the power of connection that transforms lives. When you understand “The Real Currency is Relationship Riches” then you understand the power of connection.
Express gratitude when they don’t expect it. Write notes, ideally handwritten. Share how much you appreciate them. If you are not a writer, look someone in the eye and expressing heartfelt gratitude. Be human-to-human.
Feed what motivates them. Recognize that each person has a different motivator and show gratitude in a way that makes them feel valued.
Make gratitude the top item on your daily routine. Remember to thank the people and don’t be embarrassed if it is late. Thank them anyway.
Thankfulness should be simple and meaningful. As the saying goes, it’s the little things that mean the most. Legacy worthy giving is not a reward or simply monetary, legacy worthy giving comes from the heart. Be authentic.
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