December 9, 2013

The holiday season brings an annual opportunity to share our gratitude for the people and things we have.  I’ve always believed that the reason people look forward to this time of year is not because of the gifts, decorations or holiday festivities, but because it’s the only time of year that really encourages us to be effusive in our thanks.

I’ve been thinking about gratitude a great deal lately.

Just this week, I found myself thanking a ParenteBeard team member for a job well done throughout this past year.  We have a wonderful team at ParenteBeard and I know that I am lucky to lead them as CEO.  Every day, I feel gratitude, but perhaps I need to express it more frequently.

I recently heard a story of a team member who spent the week of Thanksgiving on a tropical island.  People thought it was an odd choice and I understood that.  Turkey with all the trimmings on a beach?  But when asked about it, her answer was quite simple, “I really strive to practice gratitude every single day.  Not just on, or around the holidays, but 365 days a year.”

I’m guessing she may not fit it in every day, but it made me think of what a great goal it is to work towards. It’s important to give thanks all year, not just during the holidays.

In 2014, I will be making an effort to express my gratitude day-in and day-out.

How often do you express your gratitude? And do you feel it’s enough?

Thanks for stopping by – and Happy Holidays!

2 Responses to Gratitude

  1. Ricardo Rodil says:

    Thank you, Bob. You are probably right. Good ‘hearing’ such thoughts from a member of our team, usually worried about things much more connected to the material part of our lives. Expressing gratitude carries a reassuring, good feeling that benefits not only the receiver, but the giver as well. Happy Holidays!

  2. Bob Ciaruffoli says:

    Ricardo, you bring up a great point. Expressions of gratitude bring an optimistic feeling for all involved. Thank you for the positive comment. Happy holidays and best wishes for a prosperous new year to you as well.

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