Day Ten: Begin with One Person

Day Ten: Begin with One Person

21-Day Intentional Media Challenge

Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate the idea of gratitude. I think of it like the gratitude event of the year for my house. Allotting an entire day to reflect on what we are thankful for sets up the following year’s energy to bring in even more things to be grateful for.

However, Thanksgiving can be a challenge, like any holiday. You’ll be gathered with people from different places and different belief systems. Sometimes, there’s conflict and disagreement. We can feel awkward and out of place, but will be united by one common idea: gratitude.

For those of you who are getting overwhelmed with how to make a difference in the world, how to heal or spread love, this is also the perfect opportunity for change and healing for yourself and those around you. You don’t have to look any further than your Thanksgiving table mates.

Mother Teresa is quoted as saying, “ Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” I urge you to start with your loved ones tomorrow. This doesn’t mean to start off arguing what you think and believe are true. This means taking the time to listen to them, to see them, and to understand them. Empathy is such an important part of healing.

So before you rush to argue with someone, stop and listen to what they are saying. Ask questions. Try to see where they are coming from. This gesture from you may help them to do the same in regards to you, and who knows, maybe you both will heal—and learn— in the process. In the end, that’s all anyone wants: to be understood and heard. Let the healing begin.