As I sit to write this holiday post, I have to confess that I’m struggling to find my holiday cheer. While it has been a fabulous, blessed year at ConvergenceCoaching, many of our team members are skidding in sideways on our holiday preparations. Things feel harried. More sobering, though, is the fact that several of our team members, including me, are coping with some heavy real-life challenges: the sudden death of a young, close friend, managing a parent battling late-stage cancer, and dealing with the effects of two different challenging surgeries and recoveries for a child and an elderly parent. It’s difficult for some of us to focus on the joy and celebration that this season can bring.
But in the darkest times, our faith in God can – and will – see us through. For many of us, the purpose of these holidays is the celebration of the gift we are given in the love of God (or your name for our Creator). For our many blessings. For the power of relationships in our lives. And, because our love can be so great, gratitude even for the pain of loss that is a part of that bargain.
When things feel dark and uncertain, my faith reminds me to re-center on my blessings – to focus on what I have and what’s working, not on what I don’t have or isn’t working. So that’s what I’ll do in this post.
I am so grateful for the many, many blessings bestowed on me. Thank you God, for:
- The love and laughter I share with my family and friends
- The power, support and encouragement I receive every day from my ConvergenceCoaching team members (view our team’s holiday message from us to you)
- The love, learning and growth that I experience through my clients
- My health and the ability to run, travel and have it all (most of the time)
- This magnificent planet and the bountiful resources and extraordinary beauty it offers every single day
- Technology to share this message and to run a completely virtual, flexible firm, doing work I could not have conceived of 20 years ago
- The continuous change You thrust upon us that expands our mental boundaries and drives improvement and growth
- Our free market economy and the peaceful transition of power that is the hallmark of our democracy
- Great food and entertaining movies and books
- For the faith taught to me by my parents and the ability it gives me to re-center in gratitude for my many blessings
The Everlasting Light…
There is always, always hope and love and light. It is there for us in the next smile, laugh or hug. That’s the reason for this season. And I hope you find and feel the light, love and hope that the holidays offer. That you see bright, life-changing, exciting possibilities for you, for your family and for your teams in the New Year ahead.
Know that we are praying for your success. And we welcome your prayers for ours as well.
God’s blessings this holiday season and in the New Year,
P.S. To celebrate the love of our families and friends during the holidays, our offices will be closed from noon on December 23 through January 8, reopening for business on Monday, January 9, 2017. During our time away, if there is an emergency, please contact our main office number at (402) 933-2900. A team member will be checking this voice mailbox only on December 27, 28, 29, 30 and January 3, 4, 5, and 6. We appreciate your support of our team holiday and look forward to being of service to you in the bright New Year ahead!