A Spirit of Gratitude

We’re doing a logo for my church. The pastor has been unbelievably nice – complimenting our work and thanking us profusely at every step. It’s refreshing to work with someone who demonstrates such gratitude. It’s inspiring. And it’s convicting.

Not only do we rarely see that kind of appreciation, but it made me realize that I don’t always demonstrate that kind of gratitude day-to-day. I don’t take the time to say, “Good start!” before I say “I’d like you to make these changes” to employees. And I don’t always thank my clients for their business while I’m talking to them about their projects.

It’s easy to get caught up in “getting things done” without taking the time to express our gratitude for those we work with. All it takes is an extra couple of seconds to tell your employees that you appreciate their efforts or to let your printer know how thankful you are for the consistent quality of his work. Unfortunately, most people don’t take the time. So most of us don’t feel very appreciated.

Do you take the time to genuinely thank the person who checks you out at the grocery store?

Do you make eye contact with your dry cleaner when you pick up your clothes?

Do you give your attention to the clerk at the drive-through window?

Do you even bother to get off your cell phone to give them your attention?

A little gratitude makes a big difference – in work and in life. And, the best part about it is, gratitude is contagious. Test it for yourself. Show a little appreciation for others today. And watch it spread.