AUGUST AND REFLECTIONS ON SUMMER
Some Different Perspectives … All Lead to a Grateful Life
Hi, I’m August. Bet you were never introduced to a month by a month before. Well, I’m here to talk about the Summer of 2019 as I am being ushered out as the last full month of the season. BTW, this is not all about me. Hang in and I promise you the rewards of an added appreciation for the abundance in your life, plus some tips and a tool to help you maintain and exceed your expectations for a grateful mindset and the considerable benefits that you will enjoy … physically, emotionally and, if you are a mind to, spiritually.
Truth be told, being August is not all peaches and cream. As a matter of fact there are a lot of varying perceptions of me, my placement in the calendar of life and the pros and cons of what I represent. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not setting you up for a pity party … far from it. I deliver real positive vibes in many quarters … just want to set the stage for what I’d like you to think about when it comes to a Grateful Summer.
First of all, while I lack capacity for fantasy, the fact is that I’m saddled with two sun-signs that are often perceived as being in conflict … Leo from the 1st through the 22nd followed by Virgo into September. Leo is extroverted, dominant, and charismatic, and often has a short fuse. Virgo is studious and withdrawn, possessed of more versatility than Leo. So I’m subjected to some turbulence particularly as the dates to “pass the astrological baton” draw near.
Now, more to the point of how the world views August. It really depends on who you ask. For example:
· Parents see August as the end of school vacation and the transition to the new academic year.
· Students’ view is a bit more self-centered in that August represents the end of freedom.
· Bosses are thankful that August will be the last month to juggle employee vacation requests.
· Businesses catering to vacationers see August as the last of the big cash-flow months.
· Sports fans are getting ready to shift from Summer to Fall lineups … with some overlap.
Anyway, you get the idea and can easily add any number of other folks and their responses to August.
But all in all, nearly everyone finds August to be a perfect time to appreciate the people, places and activities that enriched their summer enjoyment. Friends and family of course, plus strangers met and courtesies extended by those who made summer the relaxing, memorable time that endures until September when you’re back to the old routines.
So, let’s shift gears for a moment and include your active participation. Think about … actually ideally write down … your expressions of gratitude for your summer to date. Here are some prompts, in no particular order, to get you started. Certainly add others as they come to mind, and many more will.
· Restaurant servers
· Hotel staff
OK. That’s a “baker’s dozen” to get you underway. You’ll be amazed how much better you will feel emotionally and physically from this exercise.
That’s the funny thing about showing gratitude. Being grateful shows you have the capacity to celebrate other people who help you appreciate the goodness in your life. Additionally, the evidence is clear … expressing gratitude strengthens our immune systems, lowers blood pressure and even heightens our capacity to reach higher spiritual heights if we are of a mind to accept that added benefit.
And just so I don’t come across as too much of a know-it-all, August is not the only time to express gratitude. It’s a year-round feel-good exercise to share grateful thoughts through conversations, contemplation and written messages … every day.
So I won’t be in touch with you until this time next year. That said, I urge you to recognize the abundance in your life over the next eleven months … people, unexpected good fortune and other manifestations of “life’s little dividends”.
In closing, please join me in wishing The Grateful Box founders a Happy Birthday! Kim Angeli and Joy Harris celebrate their entry into this world on August 17. And be sure to see their articles in this issue of The Grateful Buzz to learn more about the tangible paybacks of living a grateful life … plus introduce The Grateful Box to help you capitalize on expressing appreciation and gratitude.