A good friend and mentor, Jim Ross, often reminds me that there is a lot more good than bad, happening in our lives. He encourages others to take stock of this in their own lives, convinced that they will arrive at the same conclusion. Those who do this exercise usually agree and acknowledge, that in our culture, we tend to take things for granted!
Things like a roof over our head, a bed to sleep in, running water to wash our face and brush our teeth with when we wake up in the morning (yes, we even take waking up for granted).
Journalist and etiquette book author, Amy Vanderbilt, said, “When we learn to give thanks, we are learning to concentrate not on the bad things, but on the good things in our lives.” Best selling author, John Maxwell, wrote, “Thinking about the good things helps us to be grateful. Remaining grateful helps us to have a more positive attitude. And having a positive attitude prompts us to think about the good rather than the bad. It’s a positive cycle that helps to fuel itself.
This thought transformed a staff meeting at my office (as well as subsequent and various other types of meetings) when we went around the room and asked everybody to share what they were most grateful for. It was inspiring and transforming as people’s attitudes soared!
It was a great day at Robin Lewis Insurance! And it happened because we asked people to think about and share the good things.
This thanksgiving season let us reflect on and share with each other the good things happening in our lives. This will encourage and help us to be grateful which in turn leads us to have a more positive attitude which prompts us to think about the good rather than the bad. And the cycle continues! This gives us a winning edge, regardless of the circumstances or the tasks at hand.
For what are you most grateful? Please click on comments below to reply.