I know I am stating the obvious when I say this has been an unusual year. I hope you can find reasons to be thankful as we head into this month of Thanksgiving.
The pandemic has affected us all in different ways. We have experienced changes in our work environments, educational environments, and our social environments. Change is hard for many of us. It may be hard for you to find reasons to be grateful when you are upset because you are forced to do things differently.
I challenge you to find the blessings in whatever situation you may find yourself in today. Gratitude can help you re-frame your thinking.
Here are some suggestions to stimulate your gratitude:
A gratitude practice does not have to be complicated. Keep it simple. Start by being thankful for the small, everyday things around you. A warm November day, a long walk in the woods, a great cup of coffee, etc. I personally write in a gratitude journal a few things each day I am grateful for and it’s a good reminder for me.
Let your family and friends feel the love! If it is hard to express with words, try showing your love with your actions. Consistent communication helps beat the isolation some may be feeling. A surprise meal for an overwhelmed family dealing with homeschooling would brighten their day. Actions indeed speak louder than words!
Taking the time to acknowledge and thank the people you encounter during the day will go a long way for them and make you feel good too. Many workers dealing with the public are highly stressed right now. Thank the cashier or leave a little extra tip for your server.
Not only is it important to care for others, but you must also take care of yourself as well. Prepare healthy meals and snacks, exercise, try a new craft, read a good book, or meditate. Do something every day just for you. I am just as guilty as the next person for slacking in this department, but it’s so important.
Every day may not be perfect, but I am sure you can find some good in every day. Extend yourself some grace if you are not particularly grateful on any given day. Start again tomorrow if you cannot reel it in today.
Gratitude is an integral part of my daily practice. I have been blessed in so many ways, even during a pandemic.
I want to express gratitude to my clients throughout the year, but particularly now during this season of Thanksgiving. Trusting me with one of your most significant financial decisions is not something I take lightly. I especially enjoy building relationships with each of you. Thank you for allowing me to guide you through the real estate journey.
I would be remiss if I did not thank the village of people who help throughout the home buying or selling process. Home inspectors, lenders, title companies, home warranty reps, and contractors all play such an essential role in the success of any real estate sale. I am grateful for all who help to pull it all together for my clients.
I would also like to thank my broker and fellow real estate agents. The support I receive from each of you keeps me going when the going gets tough. This business can have some challenges, especially this year. It is reassuring to know you are there to help me when I need it and cheer me on!
And finally, I am thankful for my family. The hours a real estate agent works is never regular and not always predictable. Your love and support allow me to provide the best experience for my clients.
I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving season. This year’s festivities may not look like any other we have experienced, so let us look for the silver lining!