“The root of joy is gratefulness.” – David Steindl-Rast
Writing this blog has brought me great joy. I look forward to carving out some time in my day to search for a quote from some inspiration that I have received throughout my day, and then sharing a message that carries out our vision to impact people positively in a common pursuit to be our best on a daily basis. The process of writing is something that has served to be quite therapeutic for myself.
However, the greater part comes after the post. It comes in a text, a comment, a tweet, a phone call, a conversation. It comes when someone says, “Thank you for writing that today. I really needed to hear that message at that exact moment.” Wow! Does it get any better than that?
Have you ever gone out of your way to do something for someone?
Perhaps, you tried to do it in a discrete manner so that the person had no idea it was you. Perhaps, someone asked you to do something and you went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that the experience was extra special. Perhaps, you saw someone in need, and you dropped what you were doing to lend a helping hand.
All of those things are rewarding in and of themselves. The act of doing those deeds really brings out what is best within each of us. We get so excited that we cannot wait to see or hear about the person’s reaction.
Therein, lies the second and most important reward–gratitude. This is certainly not why we should set out to do what we do, but when it is received, there is no better feeling. Seeing that smile or hearing those words of thanks provide a sense of joy and fulfillment that is unlike any other.
It feels so good to be recognized for a job well done. Not because you are feeling acknowledge, but because you see the satisfaction and appreciation those people have for what you did.
Right now, most of us are cold and grouchy because we have to brave the road conditions to make it to work or the kids are at home for another snow day, which disrupts or throws off our day. We are tired of the snow and the ice. We do not like having to wake a little bit earlier so we can dig our car out from underneath the avalanche. We are not even really up to helping someone else, let alone feeling chipper about our current set of circumstances.
My challenge for you is two-fold:
1) Find something to be grateful for. Be grateful that you do not have to walk to and stand at a bus stop to get around because you have a car to drive (even if it is covered in snow and ice). Be grateful that you have a day at home with your kids during February that you would not normally get. Be grateful that you get to see and appreciation this beautiful day.
2) Give someone else a reason to be grateful. Help dig someone else out from underneath the snow and ice. Buy coffee for the person in line behind you at the coffee shop. Write someone a kind note thanking them for the impact they have made on your life. Your options here are endless.
Doing these things will not only bring you joy, but will help others find their joy too.
Bring your best today!