As we head into the holiday season and begin to wind down 2019 and look towards 2020, a dose of grace and gratitude is in order.
The holiday season can mean a spectrum of things depending on the day as you move through the joys of tradition, the complexities of relationships, dreading expectations and just trying to accomplish all.the.things.
We are living in a culture that quickly defaults to judgement, criticism, shame and blame when tensions get high, defenses are entrenched, sleep is deprived and the tierney-of-the-urgent hijacks presence and peace.
Some of us are better at disconnecting and numbing than others and we acknowledge the privilege of being able to tap out of the hard things.
But you are here because you want more than a quick fix and we admire that a ton.
We see grace as the underserved gift and gratitude as a practice beyond just a feeling that gives thanks for the small and big and the everyday. When practiced together, they can serve as a powerful multivitamin for your emotional and relational wellbeing.
Grace and gratitude are important anchors for this season and beyond. Take some time to reflect on your life and let’s stand together – with grace and gratitude – and do the hard and brave things of being human.
Note: Grace is not remiss of accountability and gratitude can coexist with discomfort.
Resources for Grace and Gratitude
- this article by NPR. If you’re feeling thankful, check it out!
- this video on practicing gratitude by Brené Brown
- this article on how gratitude changes our brain
- The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
- The Gift of Being Yourself by David Benner
- What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
- Gratitude journals. These are a great way to start noticing everything you are grateful for throughout the day and can shift your mindset.
Staff Reflections on Grace and Gratitude
Gratitude is an active practice of noticing the good. – Andee Woolf, LMFT
We won’t experience gratitude without intentionally cultivating a practice of gratitude into our lives. By slowing down, being still, and purposefully paying attention to our lives and our emotional experience, we can begin to see what we have to be grateful for, and that can change the way we experience the world. Intentionally engaging in a gratitude journal, meditation, or prayer that emphasizes our gratitude can begin to change our emotional experience, our relationships, and our perspective on life. – Chris Cessna, LMFT
Extending grace with others originates with extending grace and kindness towards yourself. – Lauren Bryan, M.A, ASW
You are gratuitous and kind to many people. It’s time to extend that gratitude and kindness to yourself – you are just as worthy of it as anyone else. – Holly Kelley, LMFT
Mindful eating, or simply slowing down, is one way we can begin to reconnect with food, thus bringing joy and an attitude of gratitude to even the most ordinary meals or snacks. – Megan Holt-Hellner, DrPH, MPH, RD
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