Tag: #Gratitude

Blessings, rights, freedom-multiple them

The alarm sounds, and we are off to a new day! The daily calendar is full! Every minute is scheduled with tasks to complete, meetings to attend, places to go, meals to prepare, messages to answer, decisions to make, and the list goes on. When is there time to notice the blessings?

Instead of focusing on the “what we have,” it seems we have enough time to focus on “what we don’t have.” A question was asked to me about another individual, “When do you think she will stop being mad at the whole world?” My answer is: Instead of focusing on our trials and losses, stop talking about them until all we can see on the horizon is darkness instead of light and begin to pay attention to recognize blessings. She and others like her will continue to believe they have no blessings at all.

Your blessings include life, family, friends, freedom, talents, possessions, and abilities. Daily you are blessed through these gifts you have received, and they multiply when you share them with others. My heart is filled full when I receive a message from someone that they have liked what I have written or will use it to share with others. Joy is in giving to others and hoping it provides them more.

I continue to work to put my blessings to work for others. My passion and purpose are to provide for others solutions. It is through a positive mindset and collaboration with others many accomplishments can be made.

Change your focus to see the blessings you have and could miss if you are not looking.

Cultivating Culture with Gratitude

Many of the posts and articles I have written speak about gratitude. One of the most important aspects of a leader’s responsibility is providing, modeling, and supporting this character trait.

Authenticity is the approach to everything you do. The worse thing you can do is to fake your approach to an appreciation for others. Then next is to overdo the gratitude approach by making it feel “expected” or “not special” and just like saying “great job.”

The following article from Edutopia is a great one to read as you look to add gratitude to your culture. In my history of gratitude, I have done:

  • Shout outs by email about individuals to all staff
  • Personal notes, cards, and gifts
  • Pictures in positive cards home!
  • Poems created for individuals
  • Mailed home personal postcards over Christmas break to all staff and students (675 postcards handwritten)
  • Themed celebrations

Share your gratitude ideas with us as we lift all in times of critical need.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/cultivating-culture-authentic-gratitude

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.

Saturday SMILE

“Each day is a gift we unwrap. As you open your eyes to greet the day, find a way to set your mind to make it the best in every way. No matter the forecast outside, our hearts will bring a smile from inside to outside to brighten the day. If not you, then who will start to make this positive change today!”