As we transition from this month to a new one (can you believe it?!) it has me thinking a bit about a topic that we talk about often: being thankful. Maybe you’ve had the kind of month that you’re really thankful to be getting out of it. Maybe it has taken all of your patience this month to deal with it and the people in it. Maybe you’re sorry to see the month go for the usual reason, the end of summer, even if it wasn’t a great month for you. Maybe you’re glad to see it go because it means the kids are finally out of your hair and back to school. Or maybe you’re thankful for the end of this month because it means that you’ve enjoyed another month of life and are heading into a new month of opportunities and hope. I’m not really sure where August went, but we can’t get it back. The only thing we can do is move forward.
Move forward with patience: this month we’ve talked about patience, and I think what I’ve learned most of all is that even though I’m a patient person things have been taking way longer than I want them to. It’s frustrating to know that I didn’t get half of what I wanted to done this month (again). But there have been some good reminders and I’ve learned how to apply patience in each day. I’m learning to double check things before I send them, go with my gut when it tells me to wait or to move, give people enough time to deal with the stuff in their lives while waiting for them to get back to me and understand that a month is a very short time in the scheme of things and I can pursue my dreams anew this next month.
Move forward with wisdom: one of the things I’ve been hearing over and over this month is about the important role that mentors have played in people’s lives. I’m thankful that more people are finally jumping on board and admitting that they don’t know everything and they need help. There’s no shame in admitting you don’t know everything, shame plays a role when you’re too stubborn or arrogant to admit that you need the help. Who are the people and organizations you learn from and turn to on a regular basis?
Move forward because life is a gift: I was passing by the TV and heard them talking about a man who passed away at 72 who was the picture of health and had always joked about living to 100. You don’t know how long you have, each day could be your last. Is it really worth it to spew that hate or write off that family member? I don’t think so. I think we should be making choices in our lives, relationships, careers and futures that are healthy, whole, sustaining and fulfilling. There’s no point to wasting today if you don’t know you have tomorrow.
What do you hope September holds for you?