November 2016 Editor's Note: On Being Grateful
According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, the term grateful simply means "feeling or showing thanks." What better month than November (hello Thanksgiving 2016) to celebrate the thought of being grateful and showing gratitude? Well actually, these are practices we should honor all year long, but in the crazy world we live in today it isn't difficult to become easily sidetracked.
I would be sitting here lying if I said to you there aren't times when I experience self doubt, interactions with negative people I'd rather avoid or just overall feelings of not having or doing enough with my life. While I wouldn't say anyone should completely ignore those types of feelings, I would advise to take a moment to step back and think about all the things you have to be thankful for vs. the things you feel aren't going right in your world. I can bet that your first list will by far outnumber your second. Yes, you should always be striving to be better, act better and be the best version of yourself, but at the same time, you shouldn't obsess over what may not be happening right at this present moment.
Practice patience. Your time will come exactly when it should. In the meantime, be grateful for all the amazing things that have already happened. Use that as fuel to push forward toward your next set of victories. Trust me, that time is near and may be closer than you think.
Jacqueline Laurean Yates