Flex Your Gratitude Muscles

Ahead of Thanksgiving we wanted to use this blog post to share some things we’re thankful for and emphasize the importance of being grateful.

Honestly, this morning started off a little rough. Our oldest dog had an accident in the house overnight. First thing this morning I received an email letting us know a finalist we had in process had been beaten out- solely due to timing (which is beyond our control). Another interview had to be rescheduled last minute due to a family emergency… You get the picture- it has just been “one of those days”, all before 9 AM. I think the universe was testing me, knowing I had planned on focusing on being thankful for this blog topic.

It’s in these moments I have to take a deep breath, let go of the frustrations that happen in everyday life, and shift my focus on what I can be grateful for. For me, it’s not only useful for the little things that happened today, but being able to move on from bigger pain points too. Clearly, this is not a practice that happened overnight, it’s a muscle that has to be trained and used regularly to keep it strong. Admittedly, I have not always had the greatest reflex on this front and I don’t always have the easiest time with it.  It’s so easy to get caught-up in the moment and focus on the negative, it takes a bit more work to find a sliver-lining and try to re-center your vision on the bigger picture. 

If you are able to shift focus in those tough moments and find things you’re grateful for, it can help you get over the hump and into a healthier headspace for moving forward. It’s important to recognize that you are 100% validated in feeling sad/frustrated/upset/hurt/angry, etc. in those tough times, but the goal is just not to live there. Life is too short to stay consumed with the negative.

It’s also important to recognize everyone’s circumstances are different and it can be a truly helpful exercise to put yourself in another’s shoes as you’re thinking through things. It can help you shift perspective and can be an enlightening exercise to get outside your immediate situation and think larger picture. (EXAMPLE: This morning when I stepped in dog accident and was freaking out to hectically get it cleaned up, I had to remind myself that I’m lucky to have a nice warm roof over my head and that there are people who would GLADLY trade places with me. It helped me put things in perspective and not take it too seriously. Worst case scenario—the rug is ruined, but it’s not the end of the world and I’m privileged enough to have so many other things to be appreciative for.)

As we’re coming up on the holidays, I encourage you to pump your gratitude muscle and see if it can help you overcome any hurdles you might encounter. Deep breaths, reflection, and thankfulness can go a long way in helping to move past difficult situations- and I’m always here if you need help to find a silver lining. 🙂

That being said, the entire PharmaFinders team is so appreciative of the support we’ve received as we’re getting our feet under us. I am so grateful for the amazing people we get to work with day in and day out. Personally, it’s been a rollercoaster the last year and a half and I couldn’t have done it without the fantastic folks in my life- both professionally and personally.