How good was it when last you were thanked? How good are you at giving thanks? When last have you said a genuine thank you? Or do you forget – often?
Giving thanks – only at Thanksgiving?
At this time in our culture, we like to look back and reflect on the year that’s been. It’s also a time when we think of all the people who have touched our lives and our work again in this past year. Those in our closest and extended family, friends we might have grown up with or developed along the way, new people we have met on our networking journey and those that we have been associated with for longer.
I have also found this a time to reflect on those things that matter most. Our relationships, old and new, good and poor, exciting and boring. Our family and friends – people we are connected with all over the world. Things that matter in our society and in our environment as co-inhabitants of that that gives us the ability to live here.
Since the proliferation of our electronic media, annual newsletters have started to abound, as we fulfill one of our primary needs – connection. Isn’t it wonderful to read about all the exciting things so many people have been up to. Situations we have experienced. Problems we have solved. Initiatives we have developed. And above all despite the cultures, geographies and time zones between us, that we remain connected.
This is also a time of giving for many of us. Giving gifts and tokens of our love and appreciation to those close to us.
An Attitude of Gratitude – Giving Thanks
And also giving thanx and recognition to those we have worked and played and interacted with over the year. As I would like to do now – and that is to thank all of you who have read my blogs since I started in July this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing what I have learned with you and trust that you have found value from that. I am grateful for your interest, and particularly to those of you who chose to comment or respond, thereby further enriching the message for everyone interested. Thank you and I would encourage you to engage more, so that we can keep learning from each other.
It is also a time when we send our wishes of goodwill and encouragement for the new calendar year ahead, whatever your culture or faith, as I would like to do now – send my best wishes to you all for an excellent year ahead in 2010 in all aspects of your life’s work. I certainly look forward to remaining connected with you.
Best wishes to you all from Heiner Karst at Let’s Talk Coaching