“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”— William Arthur Ward
A few months ago for our team meeting, we decided to do something a little different and went on a gratitude walk. It had been a stressful couple of months, with several workers on maternity leave, caseloads high and difficult/sad case situations that often bring us down. It felt like a good time to stop and take inventory of the things we have to be grateful for, and we thought it might be the gentle lift our team needed to stay focused and positive.
On the walk, each person was asked to find something that symbolized something they were grateful for. The attached photo is a collage of what we each found. Each person shared the story about what they chose and why they chose it. They shared stories about things they love such as sunshine, as well as stories of their family making the best of difficult situations.
I think we all stepped away with a greater understanding of one another, as well as a refreshed look at our own lives. We also gained a sense of gratitude not only for what we have in our lives, but what we have in one another, our team.
We decided to keep that attitude alive and have been participating in a gratitude scavenger photo hunt. The hunt includes a list of descriptions such as “in color,” “that is soft,” “in the weather,” etc., and we each are taking and sharing pictures of things we are grateful for at our own pace.
Some things we’ve gained/learned while completing this challenge:
- A new perspective about one another as we gained insight as to what is important to each of us that we didn’t know before
- That it’s actually quite simple to find things we’re thankful for if we just take the time to look
- The ability to re-prioritize and shift our perspective by just taking a step back to appreciate the little things
- Having something fun to look forward to; seeing each other’s pictures in our inbox was often a highlight of the day
We encourage you to Google “Gratitude Photo Scavenger Hunt,” as there are several downloadable templates you could use to do your own hunt. Whether it is something you do on your own or with others, it’s bound to help shift your perspective, and increase your gratitude!
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