Many things this year have been different than we’ve expected. It’s been a year of constant stressors, changes, and adjustments we never thought we’d have to make. I think we can all agree—it’s been a really difficult year.

And it’s okay for gratitude to look a bit different this year too. Although expressing gratitude is something we know we should do, being thankful in difficult seasons is easier said than done. One place we can start is by calling out the disappointment. It’s okay to be upset that this holiday season doesn’t look like we thought it would. It’s okay to feel the weight of the changes we’ve been through this year. From validating and acknowledging what exists inside us, we can begin to expand our minds to see the good.

  • What are some positive unexpected things that have come out of this year?
  • In what ways did you grow, adapt, or change for the better?
  • What blessings have you experienced?

I am incredibly blessed and thankful for all of you. Thank you all for being with us during a difficult year. For your willingness to learn and your openness to new ideas and training. Thank you for sharing yourselves and your passionate stories. Thank you for challenging us to grow with you. We have learned so much from your strength and watching you lead others through this unexpected time.

Thank you all and Happy Thanksgiving!

Robyn Marcotte, Founder and CEO, Aha! Leadership