Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. Symbolically, this is a day where we come together over dinner to celebrate and give thanks for all that we have. Thanksgiving is a time to show appreciation, share and give back. As this year quickly comes to an end I have much to be thankful for. I’d like to show gratitude for:
I love me! Not in a narcissistic egotistical way, but I genuinely love who I am and who I constantly strive to be. I am thankful for the evolution of me.
2. My Travels
I love to travel but I typically have too little time or too little money to travel the way I’d like. This year I used up most of my work leave and really saved to spend two-weeks in Costa Rica. There is just something about being in other societies that greatly differ from my own. Travelling helps me to reflect, makes me more appreciative and open to the world around.
Take a vacation! Take a vacation! Take a vacation! I repeat…TAKE A VACATION!
For some reason, we’ve gotten into the mindset that we are being good citizens if we overwork ourselves. We are overworked and modern technology makes us too accessible. Being dog tired by midweek, working through lunch, committing to extra work hours, not using all of our work leave; and, for what? To show our colleagues and employer that we are willing to sacrifice ourselves for the company’s well-being? Or, to give ourselves the false sense of job security because of our self-sacrifice?
I have heard the age-old verbiage of living life with no regrets. As ideal and dreamy as that sounds it just doesn’t seem practical. It seems impossible to have a life with no regrets with all that life throws at us and with all the decisions we must be accountable for.
This was my thinking until I realized what was truly meant behind the saying. I take it to mean that you shouldn’t have regrets about things that really matter to you. You shouldn’t compromise your ideals if you truly value them. So, you may have regrets about that $10 haircut. But, you shouldn’t have regrets about choosing family over work. Do you see the difference?
HI. I'M AWET.
A simple soul who likes to engage the world in meaningful ways in the hopes of inspiring others.
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