Insights & Tips
December 20, 2020
In these holidays (Holy Days) reflect on what you are grateful for — the people in your life who care about you, and about whom you care, the circumstances in your life that nourish you. One of my daily practices is to give thanks for all the people in my life who have given to me: my wife, my siblings, my parents, my teachers, my friends, and I add to that my thanks for all that I have been given: my health, the roof over our heads and the food on our table. Bookend your day with a gratitude meditation.
Consider those less fortunate that you—people who are ill, or who are mourning a lost loved one, or who don’t have enough food or adequate shelter. Give what you can to those individuals—your condolences, your attention, your love, your resources. I heard a philosopher say, “We are built to be givers, not takers.” Give what you can, whenever you can. You are bringing more light into our darkened world.
As the new year approaches, consider what you achieved in the past year—maybe the most challenging year in your life to date. Simply getting through was and is an achievement. What did you learn about yourself and about life from the pandemic, from the social unrest, and from the political divisiveness? What can you do in the coming year to honor and contribute to the greater good? Close your eyes. Imagine yourself making that contribution in 2021.