As we approach Christmas and the end of this most unusual year, I can’t help but wonder if we’ll ever feel quite the same about gifts again.
Covid-19 taught us a hard lesson about the things it is easy to take for granted like health, mobility and travel. It showed us that even things as mundane as going to work or as delightful as going to a concert or museum are fragile privileges. We can’t even take for granted being able to shake hands, hug or kiss in greeting.
What, after all this, do you consider the greatest gifts? How has your perspective changed?
Take five or 10 minutes, grab a pen and paper, and answer these questions. When you’re done, you’ll have the ultimate gratitude list — not just for 2020, but for every year.
The Greatest Gifts List
- Name the people in your family who have changed your life for the better.
- Name your friends, lovers or colleagues who make you a better person.
- Name the talents or aptitudes you have that enrich your life.
- Name the skills you’ve learned that have made you a more well-rounded person.
- Name a physical ability you are grateful for.
- Name a mental/emotional trait you are grateful for.
- Name a place where you feel profoundly at home.
- Name a practice that brings joy to your life.
- Name a challenge you have overcome.
- Name a source of nourishment that you cherish.
- Name goal that inspires you.
- Name someone you’ve forgiven.
- Name your intention for the year to come.
Share your answers (or selected ones) in the comments!