This time of year I make lists of people for whom I am grateful. I began this tradition several years ago as a way to kick-start a fund-raising team. Starting tomorrow on Thanksgiving and for 21 days I will honor each day people who have had a life-changing effect on me. I have a simple way to call them to mind; here is how I am making my list this year:
- 3 people I am concerned about
- 3 people who help me in my daily life
- 3 people who have servant's hearts
- 3 figures from history
- 3 "elders" from my "tribe"
- 3 teachers or mentors
- 3 community leaders
These 21 days are a part of my private advent prepartion; they serve to remind me of how truly fortunate I am and how much I depend on my community. They take my focus off shopping and eating and help me put my mind on the true meaning of the holiday season -- both Thanksgiving and Christmas. These remembrances inspire, evoke and humble me.
I challenge you to try it for yourself. (And let me know if you do!)