Ad Lib – November 2019

Since the conclusion of the August show, there have been two words stuck in my head. They are pretty common words, but so very powerful. And, they are not what you might think.

Thank You.

Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is fast-approaching. It could be because of the numerous members in our AJS community that have reached out to thank us for a great show, for providing a new and much-needed service, or for offering assistance in a time of need. Or because a dear friend just received some positive news.

Whatever the reason, I have been thinking a lot about Appreciation. I know how it impacts my life to feel appreciated, so I wondered what consciously focusing on GIVING appreciation would look like. And the results have been quite amazing!

Most of us know it’s important to express thanks to the people who help us, or silently acknowledge the things we are grateful for in life. But did you know that practicing gratitude can actually change your brain and improve your mental health? I am no expert, but I have discovered many ways my life has been enriched since I began my “thankful tour.”

Here are my top three:

  1. I feel healthier and happier when I am grateful. Little things, like holding the door for someone, complimenting an outfit of a friend, saying hello to a stranger on an elevator instead of staring into my phone, change the entire tone of my day. And that makes me feel good.
  2. Cultivating thankfulness helps to embrace change. When it becomes a habit to find the good things that change can bring, I become more accepting of that change, and less fearful.
  3. With gratitude comes possibility. A clean slate, if you will. There is no truer form of acceptance than saying “thank you.” I now believe that thankfulness is the key that unlocks my true potential.

These two powerful words aren’t what you might expect. But, isn’t there always room for a little more gratitude in your day?

As we approach the holidays, I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you reading this for being a part of my community. Friends, family, acquaintance or business associate, YOU are why we at AJS do what we do, and love every minute of it.

From our family to yours, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

With gratitude,