Week #10 – “Gabes and toyds.” (What’s on your wish list?)
When Rob was in high school he took a childcare study class with his friend, Frank. It was shortly after Christmas and all the kids were excitedly talking about what they got under the tree. There was a little boy named Jeffrey who was still developing his speech skills. When Frank or Rob asked him what he got for Christmas, he replied: “Gabes and toyds.” (Meaning “games and toys.”) Well, Rob must’ve loved the way it sounded because he asked Jeffrey the same question over and over again (imagine that!) to which Jeffrey became even more adamant in his reply: “I told du already! Gabes and toyds, Wob. Gabes and toyds!”
This little catch phrase — even 20 years later — stuck in Rob’s head. It became a standard answer any time I asked him what he wanted for Christmas — but more important it was a sweet memory of a simpler time, and a little boy whose greatest desire at Christmastime was fulfilled…with “games and toys.”
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. There is always so much to be grateful for — and all the popular advice will tell you to stop wanting and to start counting your blessings. I disagree. Be grateful for what you have, yes — but don’t stop wishing for more! Progress is not born out of satisfaction…it is created in the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Dissatisfaction is a valuable indicator that there is room to grow, to invent, to imagine, to create something new, or to meet someone else’s need. Thanksgiving is a great reminder that big problems can give birth to even bigger solutions. So yes, count your blessings always…but be kind to yourself and acknowledge the areas where you still want for more. There is great desire there. Then…go about the business of delivering!
Your assignment for the weekend: as a kid, do you remember going through holiday catalogs and writing down all the things you wanted? It didn’t make you feel lack…it made you feel excitement and anticipation for what was to come. For what was possible! This is the last calm weekend before the holiday craziness begins. From here on out you will be focused on family and friends and work parties and year-end deadlines. Take this moment for yourself. Take it NOW. Write out your own personal wish list for this holiday season…and don’t forget to include some games and toys! The kids are already working on their holiday lists…why not you, too?!
You can be grateful for what you have and still want for more…progress depends on it!
Spread Happyness — and tell us what’s on your wish list this year!
(Even better…help someone find a way to fulfill their wish! More on this next week!)
11/21/14 by Grace Church
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