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It’s the little things…

Where has a month gone? 

It’s certainly been a busy one.  Of course there was Thanksgiving, and my son flying home from San Francisco to spend the holidays with us.  (All the while attached to his Blackberry, furiously texting and responding to emails regarding the Presidential campaign he was working with.)  We’ve been helping my daughter get ready for her move to Manhattan.  There has been holiday shopping and lots of cooking.  And a great deal of time spent on two events I am working on…one for the Transformational Leadership Council and the other A Conversation Among Masters.  There’s the deliciousness of working with my clients, a new project that is brewing with some co-conspirators, and a few other projects that are simmering away, and should be ready for tasting in the first quarter of 2008.

As I reflected on the month just passed, I mused that I had much to be thankful for.  And then yesterday I received an email from my friend Jane Adams, that included the following sentiment:

Today…I wish you a day of ordinary miracles-
A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t have to make yourself. 
An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
Green stoplights on your way to work or shop.
I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in… 
The fastest line at the grocery store. 
A good sing along song on the radio.
Your keys right where you look.  
I wish you a day of happiness and perfection bite-size pieces of perfection that give you the funny feeling that the Lord is smiling on you, holding you so gently because you are someone special and rare. 
I wish You a day of Peace, Happiness and Joy. 
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.     
Send this phrase to the people you’ll never forget .. 

As I read it (and it came along with colorful graphics of snowmen of all kinds) I began to smile.  Because it’s true.  Finding a perfect parking spot can make an afternoon.  So can a perfect fresh cup of coffee, singing in the car to an old Carole King song, not hitting a red light on my way to the library, and all the other little joys that can come in a day, and not be noticed.

I often tell clients to follow my practice of writing five gratitudes each day.  It helps to notice the little things that went right, even when everything else (computer froze, dog ate my shoe, bills are piling up, they were out of Nintendo Wii again) seems to be going wrong.  Maybe I’ll up the ante and for the next month I’ll look for ten little gratitudes a day.  Looking for what’s going right can be a powerful thing.

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