Gratitude. The concept seems simple enough, but we often find its implementation a bit more challenging. While ‘implementation’ may seem like a strange term in this context, I believe that being grateful requires this kind of intention. When we are implementing programs and initiatives in the workplace, there is purpose and strategy behind them. We are focused on finding ways to get it done.
So it is with gratitude. Perhaps your (day/month/year) has been difficult or challenging, making it hard to find the bright spots. I encourage you (and me!) to be intentional and purposeful in seeking out all that is good in every day. That is why we seek out a Simply Good article with each issue of our newsletter. With all the roadblocks and frustrations we face as DEI professionals, I wanted to be purposeful about looking for people, places, and organizations that are doing good and cultivating progress.
For example, the establishment of Native American Heritage Day is one of those good things. Always observed the Friday after Thanksgiving, this holiday celebrates the rich and diverse culture and traditions of the people indigenous to North America. It also acknowledges the injustices they’ve suffered from the beginning of America’s history, and how the vitality of the Native American spirit continues to persevere. When we count our blessings around the Thanksgiving table this year, we can add their contributions to our list.
With that, I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and hope that it’s full of friends, family, and all that is simply good.
Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO