We have a tendency to think the grass is always greener on the other side. Assuming that others have everything together because everything looks great from a distance. Rarely do we take the time to see what standing in that grass is really like. It’s easy to assume everything is perfect for someone else when you never take a closer look. Sooo for this Thanksgiving of 2014, I present the following simple challenge: Ask someone, “How are you?” and let it be more than the automatic, detached question it commonly is. Instead, let it reflect a genuine interest in their wellbeing. We never really know what’s going on with another person unless we ask with genuine interest in knowing. Let’s take the initiative to draw closer to those around us and be thankful for the opportunity to do so. Happy Thanksgiving. Namaste.
–Jennifer, NOVA Online Student Success Coach