“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

 

I love this quote because it so clearly captures the power of gratitude, especially this line: "It turns what we have into enough, and more.""Enough". A simple, unassuming word with a powerful meaning. Enough — it’s all we need. The challenge is that we so often feel like we don’t have it.We feel like we haven’t checked off “enough” items from our to-do lists.
We feel like we don’t have “enough” — that a certain material purchase will bring us closer.

We feel like we aren’t “enough”, so we constantly push ourselves to live up to other people’s expectations.

The truth is — whether we realize it or not — we have, we do, and we are enough. This is a personal mantra for our Creative & Communications Lead, Jennifer Lioy, and it was the inspiration for this month’s Gratitude Art, which she designed.

Each November, the theme of Gratitude is front and center at Holstee and I am reminded that what I have is, indeed, enough. And that despite what the outside world tries to tell me, or sell me, I am enough, too.

Once we fully internalize and believe this, we can start living with a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity — a concept we will explore further in next Monday’s Reflection post.

You are, and that is enough.


Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

P.S. This month’s Gratitude Guide challenges each of us to keep a running list of all the things we are grateful for and, each day, add a few more items.

Here are mine for today:

  • It was raining earlier, so I am glad to be warm and dry at home.
  • I am grateful for video calls. Since I live far from my family, I appreciate being able to see and speak with them. It brings me a lot of joy.
  • I am grateful for crisp apples that are now in season.
  • I am grateful for jazz music.
  • I am grateful for you. You are the reason I am writing this right now, and you are enabling this deep sense of gratitude I am feeling. Thank you.

P.P.S. Here is a quick look at the Gratitude Art!

Gratitude Art

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