It’s so easy to rush through life with all the things we have and do that keep us busy. I can’t believe it’s already getting close to the end of the year, but I remind myself that most years have gone that way—it feels like I often skip from January to November.
I spent time last week with my two granddaughters and appreciated the fact that they were polite and said thanks for things given to them. It brings joy to the faces of myself and others when a small child receives something with obvious glee and clearly appreciates what they’ve been given!
How often do we as adults react that way? And how often are our words of thanks meaningful? Do your employees really know that you appreciate their efforts or do they feel taken for granted? If/when you say thanks, do you mean it or are you just going through the motions?
As we go through this reflective time of year, I would challenge us each to truly thank those who have made an impact on our lives, including those who help run our businesses each day, those who help reduce the drama of life, those who go above and beyond, and those who bring us joy, even if it’s by offering a daily smile.
Robert Louis Stevenson was quoted as saying “The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.” Let’s wake up and acknowledge what we have!
Have a wonderful holiday season!