It's been a tough week.
I never thought that after writing last week's post about being grateful for life and the life of my parents that the content of this week's post would link back to them.
I also didn't think that when I had the idea to write a month of Attitude of Gratitude posts that I would be writing on something so emotional and raw. You've likely come to know though, that keeping my communication and connection with you authentic is in my DNA.
Here's the short of the story - One of my parents were taken by ambulance to emergency - not once, but twice in four days. This isn't the first time they've been to the hospital but every time something happens it causes my.heart.to.stop even just for a moment. It's hard not being in the same city, seeing things unfold with my own eyes and ears, and being the extra in-person support I know my folks would love and appreciate from me.
My Attitude of Gratitude today is that even though the team members at the hospital have been pushing through the worst work demands for the past nine months during the pandemic from an emotional, physical, and mental aspect, they still had the energy and the desire to show up and show love to my parent when they were sick, scared, and at their mercy. Thank you healthcare teams for continually rising to the challenge with every patient you treat. I will be forever grateful for you.
Remember! Gratitude has been shown to provide positive emotions, better sleep, compassion and kindness, and stronger immune systems! Naturally, the effects of a gratitude practice impact how you show up as a leader to your teams and your colleagues.
What’s your Attitude of Gratitude? Take a moment to write it down.
If there was ever a year, a reason and a season, this is it.