This is the “gratitude week” – where we share the turkey feast and with full stomachs, family, friends, and football (or whatever your tradition), easily give thanks. But what about the rest of the year? What role does gratitude play in our day to day existence? Consider this quote by William Arthur Ward.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
Make gratitude a part of your daily routine. At the beginning of each day, write down three things you are grateful for – whether it’s food on the table, your baby’s smile or the fact that your neighbor raked his leaves before they blew onto your property.
Whether you’re the employer or employee, don’t wait too be grateful – you rob not only others but also yourself. Express your appreciation and gratitude to your employer, supervisor, team leader, and/or coworker. Be specific about what you are thanking them for and how their actions made a difference for you. Be grateful for everyone around you.
Express your gratefulness with humility. No one attains his/her dreams alone. Yes, your successes may be the result of your hard work, determination, and willingness to “keep your hand on the plow,” but it’s never on that alone. Gratitude is acknowledging that you don’t have all the answers, and recognizing those who make an impact in your life – whether it’s on a consistent basis or was a one-time event. Never stop being grateful for those from whom you have learned.
Don’t just say the words. Genuine gratitude, expressed with sincere appreciation is the key – anything less is merely empty words, easily spotted, that do more harm than good.
At Springborn Staffing we have much to be thankful for – our employees, clients, candidates, business associates, and the Bangor and Portland communities. We wouldn’t be who with are today without your partnership. May your Thanksgiving holiday be special indeed.