We all make a difference each day of our lives.
Some days, that difference packs more impact than you could imagine.
You just do not know.
Next month, I will share a year-long project I have undertaken for 2019. The short story: It involves demonstrating acts of gratitude to friends, family, and strangers. A way of tossing positive vibes into our universe.
Besides what gratitude does for the giver, I am taken by the response I have received from recipients of my gratitude to them. In one way or another, their collective responses can be summed up in four words: Just What I Needed! Here are two examples.
- One evening, a bartender (a recent recipient of a gratitude note) came to our booth. He thanked me, hugged me, and then with tears welling in his eyes, shared how the note came at the “right time.” He was struggling with some tough family issues, and he needed a lift.
- A recent voicemail stated (in part), “Thank you so much for your nice note…. It came on a day when I desperately needed to hear something positive about me being on the planet.”
Besides recognizing the goodness in people, extending heartfelt gratitude may provide the emotional support a person or team needs to move them forward in a difficult time. What they desperately need to hear. At that very moment.
You just never know your I impact. We all make a difference each day of our lives. Some days, that difference packs more impact than you could imagine. And it is what the planet needs to survive.
Video Recommendation for the week.
In this video, a gratitude researcher provides insights and concrete practices to cultivate gratitude.
Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.
My latest book, Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019), (print and e-book) is available on Amazon. More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
Check out my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017). It has been adopted for teaching, learning, and coaching purposes. I conducted (September 2019) a half-day workshop for a community college’s new faculty onboarding program using the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.
My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network®.
You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
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