Gratitude Journals & Conversations

An associate recently shared a simple life experience. It has significant implications. Please analyze his account.

Yesterday morning at work, I was feeling pretty flat.  I went down to the gym a little early, thinking a quick workout would help me face the rest of the day.  A colleague walked in and said a cheery hello.  I responded, and I could hear the lack of enthusiasm in my voice.  In my mind I was thinking, “I just need to finish my work out and get out of here.”

But the gratitude entry I wrote yesterday about listening to others came to mind, and that made me more open to what my colleague might say.  We ended up having a really great conversation as we both did our workouts, and I shared with her a concern I had about my work.  She said a couple of things that helped me unlock concerns I had about a meeting I had to attend later.  Near the end of our conversation, I discovered my colleague had recently started keeping a gratitude journal, and she was effusive about its effects.  I shared with her how important it has been to me to keep a gratitude journal as well.

With a renewed sense of peace, I said, “This has been a great conversation.  I’m glad you walked in when you did.  I have to go to a meeting now.  I was dreading it, but I’m not anymore.  Thank you.”  The meeting and the rest of my workday went well.

 

Reflection

  • Given his initial feeling what caused a great conversation to emerge?
  • How did what he wrote the previous day influence his new day?
  • How did the conversation alter his future?
  • How can we use this passage to create a more positive organization?

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Gratitude Journals & Conversations

  1. I’ve started my gratitude journal more than four years ago. First of all, I’ve never understood what is so important about being grateful, for me, it was too much religious, and waste of time. But I’ve decided to implement gratiture into my daily activities. I was writing at least three things I was grateful for in my life in the morning, and the same at night, and during the day, I there was something I wanted to mentioned in my journal. Let me say – practising gratitude changed my life, from practising presence and self-awareness (because if you’d be looking for what to be grateful, you should become in the moment of now, not your past, or future), and allowed to evaluate my thought patterns and continuously direct my attention inwards, how I feel (and why), and it changed my subconscious beliefs (you just can’t be resentful or blame somebody and be grateful at the same time – try it! 🙂 I still have my gratitude journal, by now gratitude become a second nature.

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  2. Sometimes the simplest stories can teach some of the most profound lessons. Clearly where this associate chose to direct his attention and even have the ability to open himself lead to the experience he had with this colleague. “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything do to with the focus of our lives.”—Russell M. Nelson

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