Gratitude and Counting the Intangibles

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and when you sit down for that delicious dinner inevitably someone will ask, “What are you thankful for?”  Some would say they are glad for family, food, shelter, pets, etc, but what about things we can’t really count, like happiness, success, or helping others?  What if your company asked you what made you happy instead of asking you to rate yourself on a scale of 1-5 on various measures.  What if our COUNTRY asked us questions beyond are we married and do we own our home and instead asked us things that are much harder to measure but could prove so valuable in uniting our people?  I think we would find the answers very interesting.

Why do I bring this all up?  I watched the Ted talk below and it really got me thinking.  The talk focuses on leaders and the business world, but also for the individual and much grander scale (note around minute 7:30).  Its just under 18 minutes, and I encourage you to watch and have a discussion after Thanksgiving dinner about what Chip Conley talks about.  Could it happen?  Could we measure our work and even country on more than tangibles?  What could be the possible outcomes?  How can I apply this to me right now?

I realize the last few weeks (or more) have been very difficult for some people.  Yet, there is always something to be grateful for.  We can be grateful for our health, resilience, and creativity.  Those are just a few things I am grateful for to help me effect change.  I know it can start with me, just like it can start with you.  It is a great time of transformation and we can be the start of something amazing.  I hope the video inspires you as it did me.  Happy Thanksgiving!



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