Receiving Thanks

Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays. I am in charge of the turkey and I get great pleasure when family and friends enjoy the most delicious bird they ever tasted.

Of course, the best part is the nature of the holiday itself. A day in this country to give thanks for all we are blessed with, from our freedom to the pursuit of our dreams.
Most of us give thanks, not only on this day, but hopefully throughout our lives. Yet, one of the most difficult things is our ability to receive thanks, especially when it comes to thanking ourselves.

Receiving thanks for being one’s self is something we almost never witness. That is not only to our own detriment, but to those who love us as well. What is more painful is that knowing this, we still have trouble doing it.

Treating ourselves thankfully is not easy to wrap our arms around because either we think we could do better or should do better. Those thoughts themselves are not the problem for they often are what motivates us to be a better person. The problem occurs when those thoughts turn from positive motivation to self loathing and blame.
One of the most cherished guests I had on my show was John Wooden, considered the greatest coach of all time. Coach Wooden not only won more basketball games than any other in history but winning the NCAA championship 10 times in 12 years is a record that most agree will never be broken.

What is more amazing is that he never once asked his team to win. He only asked them to be the best they were capable of being.
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
-John Wooden-

It is those last seven words: The best you are capable of becoming that means so much.
We always do the best we are capable of doing. Should we strive for more, ALWAYS, but while striving we should be thankful that we still doing the best we can in that moment.

So on this Thanksgiving please continue to give thanks but also receive some thanks for yourself, for you undoubtedly are the best you are capable of becoming.

In honor of Thanksgiving and the inspirational coach John Wooden, below is my entire conversation with the Wizard of Westwood himself.
Enjoy the episode, have a wonderful holiday and receive all the thanks for being you.


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One thought on “Receiving Thanks

  1. I have also thought highly of Coach John Wooden's dictum:

    “It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

    I would emphasize the word “after” for all those who think they have found an ideology that works without any modification.


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