“How’s your job going?” She asked.
I’m always ready to respond with the latest complaints but, I had none. I had been choosing to go to work with a different mindset: gratitude. I adjusted my response,
“It’s good. I’m choosing to be grateful.”
It’s not an exciting job; but it’s my choice to be here. I’m also choosing to write every Friday afternoon. I’m grateful I can add that bit of excitement if I want to. There are hobbies I can develop because my job isn’t sexy.
I see the sexy jobs out there. They breed the antonym of gratitude. Okay, maybe that’s thanklessness or (quickly looks up antonyms) ingratitude. Ha! But the idea is: resentment can come from choosing to live a life without gratitude.
My sister is a Director of Coffee in a pretty amazing city. My cousin spends her work morning navigating an incredible museum while it’s empty. My fiancé works in an edgy office and not a day goes by where he isn’t busy or important or facing challenges that grow him as a person.
People constantly share their achievements: entrepreneurs, successful Instagram fitness personalities, YouTube beauty gurus, writers, singers. It’s all over – and it’s enough to make a person forget to be thankful.
My friend looked at me cautiously, as if she didn’t believe I was indeed practicing gratitude for my job. I had really put it down for a long time; belittling my role, harping on my lack of worth and my isolation. But the truth is, my job has a fantastic silver lining: It gives me time. Flexibility. The ability to work on the things that will give me even more gratitude.
Resentment doesn’t help anyone grow those things.