Stuart Gelles is a co-founder of Success Television. He has spent over 20 years coaching teams and individuals in managing change, effective leadership, team building, innovation and achieving balance in order to lead a more fulfilling and successful life.Stuart's particular expertise is in helping manage change during these unprecedented social and economic times.
You know what they say is true…when you are feeling blue if you just take a moment to contribute to others it transforms your experience and enriches your life.
This is a perfect time of year to establish rituals. Over the years I have suggested this ‘ritual’ to many clients and friends alike. While we celebrate many things in our life and look forward to success in the coming year, it is also a time of reflection. This can be emotional and even sad as we remember loved ones who are no longer with us or dreams we have had that did not quite turn out as planned. The “RAINY DAY NOTE” ritual is the perfect solution for it allows us to give love and support to any that we love—including and maybe especially uplifting our own spirits. You know what they say is true…when you are feeling blue if you just take a moment to contribute to others it transforms your experience and enriches your life.
So here is how it works. Simply compile a list of those you want to express meaningful sentiments to. The recipient receives the note and after reading it is instructed to seal it again and ‘save it for a rainy day.’ Those are the days in life when we need to be reminded of what is important, how much we are loved, the difference we make in others’ lives, the good deeds we have done, the cherished memories we share, the things in life we have to look forward to…you get the idea.
Another suggestion…you might want to use this season of giving to write a special ‘rainy day note’ to yourself! What a novel concept!! It is a sure way to acknowledge all that you have accomplished in the past year, to heal any wounds that may you may still be harboring and to shed a positive light on the future. I also suggest that you invite everyone who participates in this to keep a ‘rainy day note treasure box’—a special place to store all these beautiful thoughts. It is reassuring to know that they will be there when you really need them.
One more hint….upon writing your notes you may want to notice your experience….how does it feel knowing your purpose is to make this kind of difference in someone’s life when they may need it most? How do the sentiments expressed to others apply to your own life situations and give you strength, support and help you remember and heal? What feedback did you receive from those you sent the notes to? You may want to write those sentiments down and…remember save it for a rainy day!!