Each year, the teaching team at our yoga studio comes together to reflect on the past year, brainstorm and share best practices for improvement in the year ahead, and pause to reconnect as friends and colleagues.
In perhaps my favorite part of this annual gathering, each teacher takes a moment to publicly recognize and thank a fellow teacher. The reasons are myriad - one teacher thanked a colleague who brought him meals while he was recovering from an injury, another teacher thanked a colleague for offering a kind word of encouragement right when she needed it - but the results are the same: through each act of public gratitude, the recipient, the giver, and the community are blessed.
In preparing for the gathering, I enjoy thinking through the year and the many great people on our team. I recall conversations, classes, and lessons learned and inevitably end up with a heart full of gratitude for gestures small and large. As we listen to one another, we collectively benefit from each others' kindnesses, and the benefits of even small gestures are multiplied.
If we can find something for which to be grateful - no matter how small - we can brighten our own day. By sharing our thanks with the person responsible, we can improve theirs, as well. What can you be grateful for today? With whom can you share your appreciation?