Notes from Mosaic’s Executive Director
Has every month this year past as quickly as November? Maybe it’s just me or maybe seeing Christmas decorations out in stores before Halloween made me feel a certain way. Amazing how the world moves so fast that it’s starting to skip over the built-in pause Thanksgiving brings. Whether or not you agree with the origins of that third Thursday in November holiday, most of us could use a minute to catch our breath and count our blessings.
I’ve kept a journal off and on since I was 10. And for the last few years, I’ve closed each entry with notes of gratitude. They’re nothing fancy, just thoughts of what I’m thankful for. Sometimes they run a few lines, other days a whole page. I distinguish these notes from my musings by writing them in a stand-out gel pen color like magenta or lilac. This way, I can flip through my journal and only read the thank you’s when I need to remind myself why life is grand on days when I forget.
There are several of these “silver lining” purplish paragraphs scattered among my entries. Reminders like, “Good thing the car decided not to start while I was at home or the battery might have died while I was out running errands alone one night.” Or, “You didn’t get that job, but the process let you practice for the right opportunity.” I make notes of immediate insights, lessons learned and delayed gratification. They’re all worthy of thanks. I happen to regard coming to Mosaic to be one of those delayed blessings.
So thank you. I’m thankful that our paths have crossed, whether face-to-face, voice-to-voice, via our social media pages or only through this newsletter. I’m glad you, your parents or a caretaker got you involved with Mosaic. I appreciate that we’re able to reach out to you this way and hope you like staying up-to-date. I also hope that you can find time to pause and say thank you this month and that if gratitude eludes you that you’ll dig deep for the silver linings.
I’ll share with you that my father passed away last month and this Thanksgiving will be far quieter without his presence. Finding joy some days is a deliberate act for me. But I do that by being thankful for the dad God gave me and that my brothers and I get to carry on his legacy. He’d always tell us that time flies whether you’re having fun or not. So I choose to spend these too-short days appreciating rather than deprecating the wishy-washiness of life because I believe (and science shows) that gratitude begets happiness.
Here’s to November. Catch a moment to pause. I’m wishing you many reasons to be grateful.
Need a little help finding a reason to say thanks? Take a look at a few articles I uncovered on ways to be grateful every day:
129 Reasons to Be Thankful https://www.success.com/129-reasons-to-be-thankful/
8 Ways to Have More Gratitude Everyday https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2016/07/08/8-ways-to-have-more-gratitude-every-day/#497299431d54
How to Be Grateful When Times are Tough https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/254199