One of these, and the first I will take on, is 3 Gratitudes in which you document 3 things which you're grateful for each day. The point of it is to focus on the good things for 21 days. After that point, the brain has learned to scan the world not for the negative, but for the positive. What better time to take this on than in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving?
So here you have it: Day 1 of 3 Gratitudes.
- I'm grateful for the support I find in even the most unusal places. Mike, my boss, came over to me today and sat down at the desk next to me to help me to understand what I should do as a next step in my career training search. Inoue-san, through the last couple of years, has tried to offer his advice on how to tell a "good story" when creating a presentation about something. Naka came down to my ADD level and explained to me that I don't have to feel afraid to talk about my shortcomings at work. I can feel more comfortable at DENSO. Work is a part of life, and when we die we're only going to remember the stress or ease of it all. Not whether it was work or not.
- I am so grateful to have a workplace which is so nearby my house. Really, I am. It allows me to go home at a moment's notice and start or stop the crock pot, eat lunch, or meet contractors who plan to come to my house to perform work. It's something I take for granted far too often
- I would be extremely remiss to leave this out: I cannot overstate how grateful I am to have bosses and co-workers who have been so extremely forgiving of my shortcomings. I mean those entire weeks where I am so depressed, I can't function. I mean those days where I'm so grumpy with the Japanese man who barely speaks English on the other side of the phone, I want to slam the phone down in their face. I mean that boss who repeatedly has to hold me back as an E2 and prays, I can tell, that I move up to something bigger and better in our department soon. I am so grateful for the level, forgiving atmosphere. I will never be able to repay them, except in being equally forgiving of my associates later when they exhbit the same symptoms.