Something I’ve been reading a lot about lately is gratitude. Maybe the universe is trying to send me a message, because everywhere I look, I’m seeing something about having an attitude of gratitude.
I used to think gratitude was about being thankful for what you have. It is, of course, but I’ve come to think of it as much more. Instead of merely looking at it from a material possessions perspective, I’m starting to be grateful for all kinds of other things.
I’m grateful for the busy days when there are a million things to do; those days fly by quickly and before I know it, it’s time to go home. I’m grateful for the slow days when there isn’t a lot happening; I can get caught up on things I’d been meaning to do but never had the time.
I’m grateful for coworker who is supportive and upbeat; she makes me feel like I’m not alone in my work. I’m grateful for the coworker who is difficult and moody; she is teaching me how to be patient and she’s making me examine my own behavior and its impact on those around me.
I’m grateful for the patient who truly appreciates the work I do; he makes me feel like what I’m doing really makes a difference. I’m grateful for the patient who appears to be impossible to satisfy; he makes me step up my game, look harder for solutions, and not get complacent.
What I‘m finding is that I used to only be grateful when things were going my way, but anyone can be grateful under happy circumstances. It’s the people who can be grateful under trying circumstances, difficult circumstances, even miserable circumstances – they’re the ones that truly inspire those around them.
That’s the kind of coworker I want around me. That’s the kind of coworker I want to be.
The next time things at work get a little tough, ask yourself how you can turn it into something to be grateful for. You might be surprised at the impact it has.