How often do you catch yourself not appreciating what and who you have in your life?
Your daily routine can overshadow the truly important things. It is human nature.
Last week we experienced a devastating blow to our family. We lost one of our dogs, Annie, to a tragic accident. She was an integral part of our family and the loss brings pain that I wish on no one. As I reflect on the past 14 years with her, I appreciate all the wonderful memories we had with her. She was part of our daily routine which made it easy, at times, to not fully appreciate the love and attention she brought to us every day.
Challenging events like this will often shake us out of our state of complacency. Covid is also a classic example of an event that has rattled everyone’s cage and denied us many of the “necessities” that we were used to having in our daily routine.
Covid continues to demand flexibility, patience, and endurance. We can combat this by showing more gratitude to those around us. It is what can help us all get through the pain, inconvenience, and frustration we might be feeling. It is the perfect time to reflect on what we have versus what we are missing.
Think of everyone who plays a supportive role in your success such as your clients, colleagues, leadership, administrative assistant, BD and marketing group, and spouse. Take a few minutes out of your day to reach out to these people and show your appreciation. Keep it simple such as a short email, a quick phone call, a hand-written note, or even a small gift. Whatever you choose, this act of acknowledging and thanking them on occasion can make a tremendous difference in fueling their support for YOU.
As my family heals from the recent loss of our little Annie, we are focusing on all the positive things for which we can be grateful. It helps with the pain and improves the relationships we have with our extended family, friends, business, and our other two (now much more spoiled) dogs.
I am making a stand for myself to do a better job in showing my thanks, starting with you.
You are an important part of my success and I thank you for that.