When we established a standard of sharing appreciations at the end of Junto sessions, I began doing more of the same in my everyday life.
I took notice of more people and more moments than I had before. I began and kept a gratitude journal for several years. I went to bed thinking of what I appreciated that day. And I began expressing myself more openly and with greater vulnerability. That’s the power of appreciations combined with the power of practice.
I’m certainly not alone; others have shared similar experiences whether on their own or by virtue of our program. If through the latter, we have all had the opportunity to give appreciations dozens and perhaps hundreds of times. That itself has helped build a practice – and perhaps a habit – that we may not even been aware of.
And today, that means that JuntoTribe members – our Alumni, Apprentices, and Mentors – have a greater capacity and ability to express appreciations than the average person.
So this week, I hope that we all go one step further than giving simple “thanks” on one particular day. I hope we use this week to go deeper than gratitude, shift energy in the rooms we occupy, and be more genuine. And I hope by doing so, the momentum carries forward into the rest of the holiday season and beyond, becoming even more of a personal practice, and possibly a habit or positive example for others.
From all of us at Junto, Happy Appreciationgiving.