For years, writing in my gratitude journal has been a daily ritual. Lately, however, the practice has been more difficult to maintain. Reflecting on why, a line stands out from an article in The New York Times last week on practicing gratitude in a difficult season: “Articulating what we’re thankful for is a radical act in the midst of a hard time.”
Wow does that hit home. Like many people this year, I lost someone I loved who was very close to me. If you haven’t been in that situation, you certainly know someone who has. Combine that with the grayer days and relentless uncertainty around when life will get back to normal, and it’s tougher to see all the good that exists around us.
But we must. I had a conversation with a friend the other day that I know I need to get back in the habit of writing in my gratitude journal. For perspective. So that I stay centered. And so that I can give thanks for the everyday things that make life joyful – and there are many.
We’re living in a time when a lot of us have lost control of a lot of things, or perhaps more pointedly, the feeling that we’re in control. But the one thing we can control is our ability to be grateful. It’s within our power. So, in that spirit, I thought I’d get back in the gratitude mindset by sharing a few things I’ve been grateful for this year.
The McCann Partners Team and Our Clients
The McCann Partners team has been a consistent bright spot on many levels. We were able to add a fantastic new team member during this time, something I am immensely grateful for, as there are many organizations that have not had the opportunity as of late.
Being in recruitment, we’ve always felt lucky to do what we do: put people to work. I’ve never felt more appreciated for doing exactly that than I have over the past few months. The candidates we’ve placed and their responses back to us have been filled with thanks and grace. Without our amazing client partnerships, this would not have been possible.
Whether it’s been powerful “Learning as We Climb” roundtable discussions hosted by our team, ARA’s Allyship, Advocacy and Taking Action virtual series, happy hour beer tastings and more, the support from the McCann Partners community has been nothing short of tremendous. We all know this is a tough time for so many of us, and to see the pivots our community made to come together has been a shining light.
My Family and Friends
Last, but most definitely not least, my family and friends have been a rock for me during the past several months. There are too many moments to count, but I am grateful for each and every one and only hope that I can return the support they’ve given me.
As we approach a very different, and sometimes difficult, holiday season, I plan to get back in the practice of writing in my gratitude journal each morning and evening. I’d love to hear from you! What are you grateful for this holiday season? Please share with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.