Filled with Great
Day 20 — The word Grateful is the sum of the individual words ‘Great’ and ‘Full’. i.e. Filled with greatness. There has been a lot written in the personal development world around the concept of Great. The two most prominent being the books “The 8th habit — from effectiveness to greatness” by Stephen Covey and “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. The essence of the 8th habit by Stephen Covey is “”Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.” Good to Great is about becoming a more effective Leader by practising and assimilating practises detailed by the Author. Both books are about progressing and achievement. Yet how about non-achievement? Feeling a sense of contentment in the imperfections, the not yet done, the non-requirement to be better. In a previous post there arose this idea of the Technology Sabbath. Perhaps even more beneficial is an Achievement and striving Sabbath. 24 hours where we simply allow life to communicate and nudge. A clean slate, an empty diary and stockings filled with intuitions. A talk I went to a few months ago spoke of the concept of JOMO — Joy of missing out. Is there anything to miss? Thanksgiving is around the corner. Many speak of gratitude as the pearl of all virtues. With gratitude Creativity soars, relationships come closer, philanthropy thrives. And gratitude is a celebration of what is. Not the I will become. Gratitude is I am. This is a greatness experienced rather than a greatness striven for. We are approaching the season of festive rejoicing. ’Tis the season to be jolly. I wish for all of us seasons of jolly, jelly, mushy, gooey Gratitude. Gratitude for every experience that has been and will be.
PS. For a structured practise on cultivating a Gratitude journal the book Magic by Rhonda Byrne (author of Secret) is highly recommended.