Gratitude for the present is the platform upon which optimism for the future is built
Each day this week I am writing about that day’s promise from The Self Empowerment Pledge. Sunday’s Promise is Faith: My faith and my gratitude for all that I have been blessed with will shine through in my attitudes and in my actions.
It is often overlooked and underappreciated that gratitude for blessings of the past is an essential catalyst for optimism about the prospect of future blessings.
If you are not thankful for the blessings in your life today, what on earth makes you think things will change so that you will be more thankful in the future?
Counting your blessings is an essential first step to preparing yourself for more blessings.
We encourage organizations to become “Pickle Free Zones” and encourage people who work there to take to heart The Pickle Pledge: I will turn every complaint into either a blessing or a constructive suggestion.
We use the pickle metaphor because people who are always whining and complaining look like they’ve been sucking on a dill pickle (at least metaphorically).
Complaining is the antithesis of gratitude. Complaining is the enemy of gratitude.
When you find yourself tempted to join the other BMW Club – bitching, moaning, whining, and complaining – stop and ask yourself what the (perhaps hidden) blessing is, and what you can do about it.
“My head is killing me” becomes “Thank God for modern pharmacology” and “The first symptom of dehydration is a headache – I should drink some water.”
You will be happier, more productive, and more pleasant to be around. Your family will appreciate you, your coworkers will appreciate you, and the people you serve will appreciate you. Most important, you will appreciate yourself a whole lot more with an attitude of positive gratitude than you will with an attitude of resentful whining.
This coming week we will be announcing the second generation of The Pickle Challenge for Charity. You can download the brand new Program Description at The Pickle Pledge website.
We will be recruiting 100 organizations to participate in The Challenge, including before-and-after administration of our validated VCI-17 Culture Assessment Survey. Let me know if your organization would like to be a part of this important project – and watch this space for more information in the weeks to come.
You can download both the poster for The Self Empowerment Pledge pictured below and each of the seven individual promises (in either PDF or JPEG format) at this link.