Tis the Season of Gratitude

Gratitude in the Workplace

Have you ever read or heard a word spoken and the thought comes to you “WOW, great word usage?”  It happens to me all the time.  I love words, especially ones that sink deep. Sometimes one word can describe a thought or emotion with such clarity and depth that no other words need to be spoken – its footprint has marked its place and it caused me to pause in the moment and reflect.  I have a list of these words in my notebook at home and I will at times read this list to remind myself of why their meaning whispered life into areas of my being that are often left untouched or forgotten in daily routine.

Today I was at work trying to decide what I should write about.  Often times my writings reflect my inner most thoughts and feelings and more often than not these become somewhat wordy.  I began my blog with the idea that I was going to write about attitudes in the workplace as this seems to be a somewhat common topic given the season and many times we get lost in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, congested scheduling, even in learning and experiencing new people, places and procedures.  Yes attitude is everything and I could insert Charles Swindoll quote here but really I changed my mind or rather the topic.

I heard this word spoken the other day and a thought occurred to me that I haven’t heard that word in a long time.  It’s a simple and profound, yet often forgotten in meaning and application.  It was one of those words that caused a momentary pause in my head and made me reflect on what’s really important and is the muse which inspired writing this blog, which is no longer going to be about attitude but rather the word gratitude. Gratitude; the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.  What are the things in life I’ve forgotten about, or simply maybe I need to shift my focus rather not to having all the answers but to simply having a heart of gratitude towards the people and opportunities that are apart of my life.  I think that if we stop and remember to express gratitude both to those people around us and allow it to show up in our workplace via appreciation and personal application/buy-in of the company’s personal investment of time, effort, education and safety of their employees; the natural cause and effect will produce an increase in job performance, balance overall culture and ultimately shift individual attitude on a more positive course.

From a holiday of thanksgiving to a season of joy, how can we remind ourselves or show gratitude for those loved ones around us and in our workplace?  I know I’m going to take some time over this season to remember the important things and make some personal check-ins so that in the new year coming up I will be successful.

A Few Things on My Personal Gratitude List

…for all my loved ones in my life, new and old.

…for my job, a boss who invests in me, and co workers who put up with me

…for my best friends near and far. Some I see daily while others see I with my heart and not enough with my eyes.

Because I mentioned it….

The longer I  live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
―    Charles R. Swindoll

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