As we near the end of another year, I always stop and think about everything I’m grateful for. Each year brings new challenges, especially this one, but each year also brings new reasons to be grateful for the things that I do have. Gratitude is the manifestation of joy, commitment, and devotion toward those who are meaningful to us. Focusing on the ones who are most important to us, the ones who make us smile, the ones who bring joy to our lives, is a powerful tool for keeping a positive mindset in the face of adversity.
Often, gratitude and thankfulness are used interchangeably to express appreciation for someone or something, but when you really think about it, these two words are in a class of their own. We say thank you ten times a day, it’s a polite phrase that conveys appreciation for something, no matter how small. But how do you feel when someone says, “I’m grateful that you are a part of my life?” Doesn’t that invoke a greater feeling of connection?
BE Grateful is one of the 8 principles I reveal in my new book, Beauty Underneath the Struggle: Creating Your Bus Story. The 8 BE’s are the keys to shedding all of the negativity, and focusing on the positive so that you can create your best life. These same principles apply to creating a positive team culture in the world place, and to creating positive unity within your communities. Each Chapter starts with a BE:
o BE Responsible
o BE Aware
o BE Open
o BE Courageous
o BE Grateful
o BE Awesome
o BE You!
If you were going to start with one of the 8 BE’s for building a positive team culture in your school, which one would it be? Please let me know what you think.
Wishing you and your family a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!