Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, Healthy Leadership.
Even in the worst situations—a victim of a natural disaster, prisoner of war, target of abuse, or when hit by a string of unfortunate circumstances—it is easier and natural to focus on what is lost. It could be a home, a relationship, security, freedom, or good health.
When we experience adversity, and we all experience it at some point, we tend to think all is lost. Instead, take inventory of what is changed and what is still the same.
Acknowledging what remains and is the same helps broaden your perspective. Then, express your gratitude for what remains.
An attitude of gratitude creates happier, more resilient people and leaders. Helen Keller’s observation sums it up, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Consider many of the hard-hit, locally-owned restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sure, they were shocked at first when their customers were at home sheltering in place.
Then, many of them were able to take inventory of what they still had: loyal customers, a kitchen, and food. With what remained, they pivoted to takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.
Years later, these alternative offerings borne out of crisis have now become an important part of their ongoing business. When adversity hits, similar to what happened to your local restaurant owners, take inventory and comfort in what remains.