Finding Rest and Gratitude

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” – E.B. White

This is probably one of the busiest months of the year for most of us. Between holiday parties, shopping, prepping for guests, and getting everything buttoned up at work before the new year begins, it is no wonder stress levels flair up this time of year. Although many of us recognize the need and importance of both rest and gratitude, we often find ourselves running from one activity to the next, taking little time to rest and be coffee-in-bedthankful.

While there may never be a perfect balance between everything that we have on our plates,  there are seasons of life that allow us to flex based on our most pressing needs and interests. Appreciating and being thankful for these seasons is what life is all about. It means counting our blessings and living our lives as if everything is a miracle. Gratitude keeps us in the moment and shifts our focus from what may be missing to what we already have. Thus, allowing us to savor the moment and live with more joy.

And so, while it’s great to accomplish our goals, it’s necessary to take a step back every once in awhile to reset, take care of ourselves, and be present with the people that are most important to us. This year, I’m taking a stance that I will not hurry through the holiday – the shopping will get done and the decorations will go up, but I’m not going to let those to-do items take over my time appreciating family and friends and truly enjoying the beauty of the season.

To this end, I’d like to express my sincerest gratitude to my dear friend, Carmen Vasquez-Perez. As a business leader, sales and marketing expert, and working mother, Carmen takes time out of her busy schedule to pay it forward by serving others and planting seeds to help business leaders and professionals grow and prosper. She is one of the many people in my life I am grateful for.

For many of us, taking a break to recharge and trying to get away from the “busyness” of life will always be a work in progress. But to know that the to-do list will always be there tomorrow and that the errands and cleaning will get done eventually, allows our minds to take a break and enjoy life’s greatest moments. This is the most wonderful time of year – enjoy it. Happy Holidays!

What or who are you grateful for?

Leadership Spotlight:

Carmen Vasquez-Perez

Executive Vice President, Chain Store Guide

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