The way we know is fateful... Human beings and organizations move in the direction of what they inquire about.
~ Jane Magruder Watkins, Appreciative Inquiry Theory and Practice
Tell me a story about the best Christmas, best Hanukkah, best holiday season you ever had. What made it so wonderful? Who was involved? What about that time makes you remember it so vividly? How did you contribute to its special qualities? Write the story down if you like.
As you think about this special time of year, what do you think is at the heart of the holiday you celebrate? Can you look for that this season?
Sometimes, when the world feels upside down, fear and anxiety dominate our thoughts, and we forget to appreciate the gifts all around us, and especially the beauty and joy of this season. It happens to me, too. Just like any practice, however, we can get better at shifting toward what's good, what works, what is there to be loved and appreciated....