We’ve talked a lot in this space about the torrent of tough, disheartening news that steadily makes its way across our screens and devices. It’s never hard to find a demoralizing story that makes us wonder what’s wrong with the world in which we live.
But if we look a little harder, we’ll run across moments that restore our faith in one another, that inspire us to do better. Because if you’re reading this blog post at some point over the Thanksgiving Weekend, chances are you have it better than most people on this planet today.
We all have problems, challenges, and obstacles, to be sure. But most of us are in a position to overcome them at best, or put them in perspective. Most of our issues are of the first world variety. Chances are, we’re not going hungry this holiday weekend, our thermostats are working to specification, and we have a multitude of ways to occupy our brains and our time.
So, this holiday season, make it about gratitude, being thankful for what we have, and sharing it with others – either with our time, our money, and/or our hearts. If you’re in a position to make someone’s weekend a little more special, do it. Many of you reading this blog have a degree of celebrity in your communities. You’re looked up to and envied. If you can spread the joy to others, don’t hold back.
My brother, Bill, sent me a video featuring Bruce Springsteen on “The Graham Norton Show” airing on the BBC. It’s an amazing moment that not only will remind you why he is truly “The Boss,” but perhaps will inspire you to share good feeling with others.
If you ever met your hero you’d hope they’d be as cool as this!
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN tells GRAHAM NORTON about the time he made a fans’ dreams come true. pic.twitter.com/5S1oBP90q9
— James Leighton (@JamesL1927) November 13, 2022
Aside from the feel-good story, Bruce mentions the Woody Allen film, “Stardust Memories,” the filmmaker’s ode to the dark side of celebrity. It provides even more context about the difference you can make in someone’s life with a small gesture of humility and giving.
One word: gratitude.
For all we have and for those who are need of some joy. Personally, I have it for all of you who spend time with me here each week, for our clients, friends, and colleagues working hard during a tough time.
Enjoy your weekend and those you’re closest to.
Back with a new post on Monday.