From Lisa: "The Good Stuff"

  • November 7, 2017

It’s November. How did it get here so quickly? Is anyone else surprised to suddenly find themselves in the middle of arguably the most stressful season of the year? In addition to the holiday season, DRT must submit our federal grant reports before the end of the year. I’m leaving in December for an exciting trip to Cuba— which means little access to the Internet and a need to get the reports in extra early. And one more thing, have any of you already had a conflict about who is celebrating Thanksgiving at whose house? Having adult children can be complicated! 

None of us have perfect lives. However, whatever stressors you may have in your life, I’m guessing there are at least one or two things you can think of to be grateful for. Today, I am choosing to focus on that gratitude. I am thankful for my favorite pillow which helps me sleep at night. I am thankful for my relatively good health. I am thankful for the love and support of my family and friends. I am thankful for a job that allows me to focus on justice. I’m even thankful  for the good seat assignment on my flight home from a conference last week. 

For me, in my everyday life, gratitude keeps me going. It is the antidote to stress. When things feel out of control, it helps me to remember the things I am grateful for.

By no means would I ever minimize the impact of stress on a person. There are times when that stress requires treatment, and I urge people to get that treatment and take care of themselves. But I also know that for me, in my everyday life, gratitude keeps me going. It is the antidote to stress. When things feel out of control, it helps me to remember the things I am grateful for. Some might call it counting your blessings—I call it, “remembering the good stuff”. 

The holiday season brings with it a host of stressors. Traveling, spending time with family members who may or may not see the world the way you do, financial struggles, and the list goes on. But today I am focusing on the good stuff. During the holiday season I will see all of my kids at one time or another. I will get to take some time off work and wake up without an alarm clock, at least for a few days. I will have more time to pet my dogs. Maybe there will be beautiful snowflakes. Maybe there will be warm sunshine. There will be stress, but there will also be gratitude for the good stuff. Wishing you all a season of the good stuff.