November in North America marks the beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving. Traditionally this holiday is about giving thanks and being grateful. For those of us from other parts of the world, our image of Thanksgiving is groups of family and friends sitting around the dining table, each in turn sharing what they are grateful for.
We suspect you are pretty good at telling your Beloveds how much they mean to you. So … in a different twist we wondered how good you are at giving thanks for yourself?
Many midlife women spend their time focused on the needs of others – children, parents, family, their Beloveds, their direct reports, their colleagues, their friends etc. etc. In amongst all of this ‘other’ focus, it’s easy to lose track of acknowledging ourselves for all we do, and more importantly, all we are.
One of the perils of midlife is that because we’ve been being ourselves for so long, we can forget that who we are and what we contribute to the world is pretty awesome. It’s seems the longer we’ve been doing it, the easier it is to take that awesomeness as read.
So here’s a news flash: despite what you might think, not everyone manages what you do and certainly no one else does it like you do. You are unique, special and definitely worth it, even when you feel like you’re hanging on by your fingernails!
So at this busy time of year, we urge you to take a moment to pause and reflect on you and just how wonderful you are.
Here’s a suggestion for celebrating YOU this Thanksgiving; carve out a few minutes to reflect on the following:
- What are the qualities about yourself you like and value most?
- How have you been showing up lately in ways you can feel proud of, despite whatever else has been going on?
- In what ways do you consider yourself to have been pretty awesome recently, even if others may not have noticed?
- What impact does being you have, that benefits others?
- In what ways would the world be a lesser place if you weren’t here?
We hope that as a result of these reflections, you’ll realise anew just how exceptional and important you are, and more importantly, take even better care of yourself as a result.
Ripenist Reveal: Having done a spot of reflecting, are there any qualities you’d like to share? We figure the more qualities shared, the more we’ll get a collective sense of the awesomeness of we midlife women!