I know that several of you have turned our November/December Value Your Month to Value Your Life value pairing of ‘Ike loa (the value of learning) and Ha‘aha‘a (the value of humility) into a triplet in November, adding Mahalo (the value of thankfulness) to the mix:
As a value, Mahalo includes thankfulness, appreciation, and gratitude as a way of living. We live in thankfulness for the richness that makes life so precious at work and at home, and we are able to sense our gifts elementally. Mahalo is the opposite of indifference and apathy, for it is the life perspective of giving thanks for what you have by using your gifts — and all of your gifts — in the best possible way.
I’ve also heard from a few who are sticking with a pairing and valuing their months this way:
- November: ‘Ike loa and Mahalo
- December: ‘Ike loa and Ha‘aha‘a
It’s all good!
Mahalo has become a very wise and habitual practice for November within our tribe of Alaka‘i Managers, as people look forward to their Thanksgiving holiday. Getting into seasonal spirit is a very good thing indeed — why not have the rest of the world conspire with you in good intention? — and I encourage you to do so as well if you feel that tug. Mix in your generous and appreciative dollops of Mahalo if you suspect you would otherwise miss it this year!
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So I thought I’d share a 30 Days of Gratitude resource with you in that spirit, done by Dani DiPirro of www.PositivelyPresent.com:
She’s done it as a photo challenge you can participate in, and follow along on via Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter, however you could easily use it as a journaling challenge instead, dedicating a “writing to learn” page per day inspired by her prompts — she has written up short yet thoughtful snippets on each word theme of the graphic above on her site: 30-day gratitude photo challenge: 2014 edition.
This, for instance, was her prompt for today, November 3rd:
DAY 3: DREAMS
What we dream says a lot about what matters to us. What do you dream about often (either in the literal or the abstract sense)? Do you have reoccurring dreams at night? Do you find yourself daydreaming about the same things?
I don’t think her challenge will become a daily habit for me personally, but you may see me dip into it occasionally this month via my own photo-taking. Here are my links on those social media sites: Rosa on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter. While there, watch for others in our Ho‘ohana Community and connect with them too.