By Patricia L. Fitzgerald, Editor 2017-09-28 12:56:29
Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude IT’S LATE. I’M CRANKY AND TIRED AFTER WORKING LONG HOURS all weekend and powering through the day at a breakneck pace in order to meet tonight’s printer deadline for this issue of the magazine. My to-do list, neglected while my attention is consumed by the project at hand, fills me with dread. My email inbox is another source of anxiety. I’m primed for a world-class pity party. Or an explosive meltdown. Or a nervous breakdown. And then I begin editing SNA President Lynn Harvey’s column on resilience in the face of adversity (page 6). Real adversity, as she salutes those who’ve begun the long road to recovery in the wake of recent, devastating natural disasters. Well, that was a much-needed dose of perspective. Sure, my work/life balancing act is seriously listing in one direction these days, but I have work—and it’s work that I genuinely enjoy, if not truly love (not so much right now, though, don’t push me). It’s also a job that pays me well enough to enjoy dinners out with friends, plan upcoming travel adventures and feel secure in the knowledge that I have safety nets should anything unexpected happen to my home, my car, my health. When I hit the final “approval” button to signal the printer that this issue is ready to go, I will get into my air-conditioned car, pick up some delicious take-out and head to my quiet, safe home in one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the country. Thanksgiving is six full weeks away, but CEO Patricia Montague will be writing in this space next month. Thus, now is a most appropriate occasion for me to acknowledge the value in cultivating an attitude of gratitude, especially in the face of mere frustration and aggravation. Yes, it is okay to be a bit irritable in the face of trying circumstances, as long as we don’t indulge in too much woe-is-me hand-wringing. But even better is taking a few moments to stop, breathe and mentally review just the briefest inventory of reasons to give thanks. That action is itself an uplifting and energizing exercise. I’m ready to keep powering through tonight’s deadline and then tackle the next thing as it comes. And I’ll be grateful for it.
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