How many of you are thankful for the unpleasant moments in your life?

Harriet yelled at John in front of twenty members of the executive team. The room fell silent witnessing this spectacular outburst from a C-Suite Executive. The silence was so strong you could hear a phone vibrate with notifications

John’s face swelled with hues of pink while he attempted to maintain composure from the verbal attack. It took every ounce of strength to not get angry back at Harriet. In his mind, he thought, one day this will be a pivotal moment in my life. He took his seat waiting for the rest of the meeting to end.

Later that day, John started listing everything he had done for the company. And, better yet, what suggestions he made that Harriet never agreed to. That day, became the day he would start his own company with the culture he wanted to instill and challenge staff to a new level.

John took anger and transformed it into a meaningful step forward.

That Thanksgiving, he gave thanks for a horrible and humiliating experience. This allowed him to truly propel forward to where he wanted to go. The next steps were uncertain. His heart was strong. His passion was big.

This Thanksgiving:

Be thankful for the bad experiences for this taught you what not to do.

Be thankful for the unpleasant people for they teach you how to show up in the world.

Be thankful for the body injury for it taught you to appreciate life.

Be thankful for the burnout, it taught you why self-care is important.

Be thankful for the failed projects, it taught you movement is more important than doing nothing.

Be thankful for the unfriendly relationship, it taught you how to communicate.

Be thankful for the embarrassing situation, it taught you how to laugh at yourself.
And, most of all, remember this, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Fail fast. Fail often. Integrate. Be thankful you made a move, even if the outcome wasn’t what you wanted. 

May you receive abundant blessings this Thanksgiving!

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
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