On Who’s Shoulders Do You Stand?
Thanksgiving is a beautiful holiday – a day of appreciation for the amazing legacy I’ve inherited and the abundance with which I’m blessed. With heart-felt gratitude, this Thanksgiving season, I’m reflecting on and appreciating the many people on whose shoulders I stand. Their lives and contributions have eased my path.
I’ve been the beneficiary of the hard work, achievements, scrimping and saving, sacrifices, inventions, services, risk-taking, genius and generosity of all who’ve come before me, and those who are here with me now. I’ve benefitted from:
- those who have loved me and those who didn’t.
- from good fortune and misfortune.
- from opportunity and its absence.
- from trusted friends and valuable enemies.
- from times of expansive joy and wonder.
- from times of contraction, sadness and loss.
With every event comes an opportunity to mine it for gold. Used well, whatever happens helps me learn, grow and evolve. For each opportunity, I’m thankful. Everyone I’ve ever met, and those I’ve known and loved for a long time, have all helped me, hoisted me up, even some who may have imagined they were holding me down. I stand on their shoulders with reverence, respect and gratitude.
Alone, I do nothing. Alone, I’ve created nothing. Alone, I’ve accomplished nothing. The Unconditional Love of God, the clear Guidance of Spirit, the love of those who parented and raised me, the generous spirit of those who pray for me, and the kindness of those who think and speak well of me. All of these people support me. Their positive energy and intentions fuel and sustain me; they help me to be buoyant and resilient. Be they my predecessors or contemporaries, my good ideas are stimulated by their great work and way of being. For all, I’m grateful. To all, I say, “Thank You!”
No matter where you are in the world, taking time to reflect on that for which you’re thankful, and remembering those on whose shoulders you stand, is a good investment of time and energy. You don’t need a special holiday to celebrate and honor all of the good, wonderful people who have lifted you, and the more than adequate supply with which you’ve been gifted.
Continually, make Thanksgiving an everyday practice. Honor those on whose shoulders you stand – those who have come before you and paved your path in significant and subtle ways.