Flip the switch

Each morning we flip a switch at some point in our routine. We turn off the alarm, flipping the light on, the coffee pot, the microwave, blender, or something. Why not flip the switch of our focus to gratitude.

Gratefulness is the best reminder to focus on each day. Our days are filled full, hectic, chaotic at times, and exhausting. There are moments, points of time where we can reflect with gratitude. Our team needs to hear appreciation, see our support and encouragement. As we are visible in our working environment, we can see and listen to who needs us.

It can be easy to fall into a habit of finding faults, pointing out problems and negatives. Many times things happen we have no control over. It is during these most difficult times; we see opportunities to be grateful. Experiences and relationships can be transformed by reflecting on gratitude.

Gratitude is one of those habits you want to have as an individual. The funny thing is when you begin focusing on the things you are grateful for; you lose sight of the things you think you lack. Life is hard; I do not care who you are. It is for everyone. No one can escape illnesses, heartaches, death, and loss. Everyone, however, can have gratitude.

I don’t know your story; you do not know mine, we do not know theirs, but we are grateful to know we can share a part of the story with each other. The world is shouting right now, at least in our neighborhood, about all of the problems. I am grateful for all who choose to be part of the solution daily because tomorrow will be better than today when we flip the switch to focus on gratitude, positive thinking, solution-focused leadership, and sharing our stories together.

Published by Brenda Yoho

Christian,Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aspiring Author, Motivator, Survivor, Leader, Coach, Mentor and a service agent living a life of purpose. Started my career in education as a teaching assistant, moved into the teaching role, followed by administration serving as Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Educational Support Programs. Over my more than two decades of educational experience I have served as the Illinois Principals Association Illini Region Director and most recently as a mentor/coach for principals. In addition, I have presented at their conferences over the years. In my final years in administration I served also as the Illinois Association of Title Directors Vice President and Treasurer. I am a survivor of an indirect hit of lightning and an almost fatal accident with a semi truck that hit the car I was traveling in with my family. My daughter, granddaughter and close friend survived as well! My injuries were the most significant leaving lifelong damages.

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