We started a new tradition in our house this year – it’s called a Thankful Tree. This is a paper tree, taped to our basement door, with taped-on construction paper leaves. It isn’t fancy but it is an opportunity for our family to document what we are thankful for. It is more than just a fun craft project – it is a chance to think about the things that are important to us. Some of the “thankful leaves” are silly – like ice cream or days without homework – but there are glimmers of real reflection and thought like health, a happy family, and a comfortable home.
This exercise got me thinking about all of the things in my work life that I am thankful for. Each and every day I feel lucky to be where I am in my career but sometimes it is nice to write those things down as a reminder. Here is my Work Thankful List for 2015:
TRUST – My company trusts me with the gift of flexibility. Because of this, I have the opportunity to be part of my family’s daily routine, to not miss out on events at school, to take my kids to an appointment or to be with them when they are sick. This has a huge impact on my life. In my eyes, I get to “have it all” – a balanced family and a successful career.
EMPOWERMENT – I’ve been given the opportunity to shift and evolve based on business needs – both as an individual and a team. Even better, the chance to work on new projects that are personally important. Right now, I’m working with a rock star cross-organizational project team to inspire employees to embrace social media. How cool is that? My company is particularly good at this. Don’t believe me? Check out this inspiring story behind the One4 Project.
PEOPLE – Our team, located all over the world, is amazing and supportive. Each day I learn something new about someone and it helps me appreciate the diverse cultures and backgrounds that make each person unique. My role also gives me the ability to connect with people all over the world – both inside and outside of my company. In fact, some of whom inspired me to write this very post.
What are you thankful for this year?