(Issue #556) Gratitude. Pride. Lessons.

A quick strategy to acknowledge thanks, achievement, and growth.
All of which help with resilience.

An article I read suggested an alternative to a gratitude journal: a Power Journal. It inspired me to keep my own for 30 days. Here’s how I structured my Power Journal and a bit of what I learned.

I created a four column digital table. You could do it in a traditional journal book as well. Or on a piece of paper. Label the columns as follows:

• Column One: DATE.

• Column Two: GRATITUDE TODAY X 3.

o List three things you are grateful for that day and be specific. Avoid generalities such as I am grateful for my family or I am grateful for my job. If those examples come to mind, go deeper. Gratitude comes in all sizes. “What is it about my family today that makes me grateful? What is it about my job today that makes me grateful?”
o A sample from my list: 1. My home gym (Roxie calls it the Garnasium). 2. A 1968 Dean Martin holiday special. 3. A car ride down A1A (the beach road) with Hoppi and Roxie.

• Column Three: PROUD TODAY X 3.

o Write three things that you did today for which you are proud. Three accomplishments, achievements, actions, or thoughts that you did or had. Again, avoid saying something like I am so proud of my son. Rather concentrate on something you did today that allowed your son to make an accomplishment. Like the second column, you are looking for three specifics that happened today .
o One day I listed: 1. I volunteered to help with a Hospice online bereavement group. 2. A friend texted that he felt better after talking with me earlier in the day. 3. My sunrise photos brought comments of joy on social media.

• Column Four: LESSON TODAY X 1.

o When you think back on the last 24 hours what lesson did you learn as a result of your experiences.  The point is for you to look at what you learned on this day. And it does not have to be a large lesson. Lots of small lessons populate our lives. Perhaps your daily lesson becomes a goal or part of a larger goal as you look at 2021.
While there may have been many, focus on one lesson a day. The lesson may be a reminder of something you have forgotten.
o  To show that the lessons can range from large to tiny, I have listed three from three separate days. 1. Small gestures, when authentically delivered, matter. 2. “Ready Patch” is easy to work with and does the job I need it to do for repairs. 3. Read about labyrinths and got an app to help with meditation and mindfulness practice.

So there you have it. A quick strategy to acknowledge thanks, achievement, and growth. All of which help with resilience.

May your new year bring you opportunities for growth and continued resilience. Thank you for all you do for your community, for your friends, and for your family. And as you look at 2021, may you be grateful, proud, and open to learning.


Video recommendation for the week:

I first saw this video seven or eight years ago and shared it with my students.  As I watch it again, I hear the gratitude that flows from one person that may very well be the moment of pride for the person on the receiving end. And the lessons flow from there. Enjoy.


Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.

My new book has been released.
eBook ($2.99) Paperback ($9.99). Click here.

Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit.

Well, actually, my dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story.
Click here for more information about the book.

In the meantime, check out her blog.

And you can still order:

  • My 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 the above link.
  • 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 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.

©2021. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®

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