The month of November has been deemed gratitude month. I had seen this mentioned somewhere, and I wondered why and when did that happen. I guess it's because most people associate the time between the holidays of Thanksgiving and New Years as the pleasant months. On television and on the radio we hear stories of how people have “given of themselves” to others, people start speaking nicely to others all with goal of the long standing tradition of recognizing the human side of our society, and trying to give us a nice “fuzzy” feeling.
These long standing traditions are mirrored in business as well. This is the time of the year when the big company pays us the little man a thank you by giving us bonuses.
Sadly, I dislike this time of year, I feel gratitude is a daily ritual. Every single day we should be saying thank you. Aside from prayer times, and making blessings over everything from food, to new clothes and even the godly creations called nature are we too busy to remember thank you? Seriously? Do we call ourselves “x” religion and forget the essentials that mankind has to make nice with mankind before getting “brownie points' from the higher levels of functioning? Really? These last few months of the year just remind me of how inconsiderate I am sometimes in my life, and it makes me question my ability to act as a role model to my children and to myself to remember the gratitude daily. But more than that it makes me wonder by being grateful to others, am I the last piece of energy that will help shift it to a more powerfully pleasant world?.
Looking at the national landscape, let's see what should we be thankful for:
- We have secure airlines. Lets' see, in light of the the past years of exposing the criminals who prey on children, we have created a national curriculum that encourage children to not let strangers touch them, Now, we are telling our children that in the name of safety, we the parents, and society will stand by and allow a stranger to touch them. Now, let's see how this gets spun years from now by some mean spirited but "well meaning" professional or therapist can use this as a defense for criminal and defiant behaviors. After all, can we blame "mom" anymore for our behaviors? Or, better yet, ooh, maybe it will get spun as an excuse to burn a bridge....i mean take away another extreme privacy...
- GM bailout. Wow, we have given our tax dollars to create a line of cars, that in light of the tough economy most of us don't qualify to drive. Whether it's because our credit stinks, or because we actually don't make enough to qualify for a loan to cover a 41k car. Now THAT's encouraging.
- More jobs created as a result of these new cars. About 95% of the population owns a small business. Most of these businesses are barely making it. By businesses I mean those freelancers, the outsourced employees, the people who deal drugs, the people who cut hair in their house etc. Those are jobs so why are we still suffering? Those people who are business otherwise known as the 95% of the population first need to take responsibility for their actions. They are bringing in money albeit not a lot in some cases, taxes are essential but why not create a system that all business pay a really fair fee? This way the hair cutter at home who needs more money to keep a roof over her head, or pay for school can enjoy knowing she makes her money, and she has a say in what issues are addressed regarding business. Oh this year the unions in that trade (automobile) have a free bonus, they don't have to actually payback the rest of us, but they get their money back.
- We have a new voice in government. Do you think it ends here? Ha ha...we are only just beginning. People need to re-examine those long held delusions called beliefs and shed them. I mean issues like take from the rich, and give to the poor. I mean creating minority groups out of every flippin' issue so that people can feel special or elite. Power was taken away, the perceived minority were able to do wonderful things. My definition of minority in this case is reminiscent of the movie Revenge Of The Nerds. (NOT to say the movers are nerds, just trying to draw on that underdog fight and win mentality) How far are we really willing to go to revamp our selves as a nation? What about as individuals?
The only reason why the minority or the underdog is celebrated is because they became empowered by not allowing the majority to hurt them. When are we as a people going to realize that if every human being in the world was a millionaire, and has a home the world would still have things to offer us to learn, sell, buy, use and grow. Wow, the result: higher self esteem and pride in ourselves as people, reaching the next levels of achievement will be great! Those who get will continue to get. Those who didn't have will be motivated to go get for themselves. Moving forward will not be an illusion, or a movie script, rather it will be the reality. OMG, here's a thought: if all of our needs were actually taken care of by us; each individual and or family, we could focus on real scientific advances (we haven't turned out those type of minds since the beginning of the 19th century and a discussion for another day), and even spiritual advances, changes in work life balance, lifestyle changes, families.... you know the things that REALLY matter.
- I woke up this morning. Even in times like these I am grateful, because after all each day is another opportunity to try my best to keep my family safe, and for us to be happy. However, despite whatever collective mess we have created, I am saying Thank you.
- Gained knowledge. This has been one of the most intense learning years for me. I began exploring inner self several years ago. I spent about a year and half trying to re-build the mess that was originally my business. My website, trademark, and copyright were stolen. While that was happening I had threats levied at me and my family, I had stalkers sending very disturbing messages to me through my virtual office. After spending so much time just being in utter shock and horrified by the ordeal, I had to do what one of my long term friends said about me once” I pull myself up by the boot strap and come back better”
Although not new to encountering adversity in life, I had encountered ignorant people who felt that being an individual, and not feel “left out by the masses” was a negative and try to threaten my way of thinking by constant harassment. I had to look deep inside and remember teachings from childhood. I have learned more about business, diplomacy, self value, personal values all through the various tests of life. I have had to face my own inability to see the worst in human nature, and I have learned that for good to work, you have to know the bad just as intimately. Thank you my G-d for allowing me to learn these things, and even though weaker people feel they are alone, no one is ever truly alone.
- That I try to say thank you daily. I have always said thank you in the evening and in the morning, off and on for years, but the renewed sense of doing this was needed.
- I am myself. God gives all us that unique quotient or piece(at least three of them) that fits into the collective puzzle called society. Some pieces of that puzzle are larger pieces and other are smaller, and yet each piece is unique and very much required.
- Attracted(ing) people who are spiritually conscious. What a serious relief that was. I was actually doubting myself because the world didn't put me around supportive people who were spiritually and not religiously conscious. Like the biblical character, or in Jewish history the patriarch Abraham, who kept believing in something that everyone was against. I kept praying to meet those who understood my thoughts, and abilities and were comfortable with their places in life to be of real assistance in leading me down the path. Thank you...you know who you are...words and actions are probably not enough, and yet they are the starting place...
- Family...need I say more?