On New Year’s Day, big things happened for us. After more than eight years in the making, we officially became Graydient Creative, LLC. This September, as kids went back to school and what some consider the second new year fell upon us, I saw a new chapter of the Graydient story begin.
Gathered for what some believed to be our “same old” bi-weekly retrospective meeting, the team surprised two of our own with twin cakes that read, “Here’s to love and laughter … and happily ever after” in celebration of the two weddings taking place in the coming 10 days. To accompany the edible sweetness, we laid it on thick as the team went around the room, each member shared a special thank you with each of the brides-to-be. As if this weren’t enough, the love fest continued as teammates started thanking one another for various things that happened during the previous two weeks’ time.
Being the team’s resident sap, the outpouring of gratitude reminded me of all the reasons I ever wanted to be a part of this amazing group in the first place. The team who made crazy creations out of code, drank coffee like professionals, and kicked ass in absolutely everything they did.
We’re not the same team we were January 1, 2016, and it’s more than likely our team will morph again before January 1, 2017. But that’s ok. Because like the Avengers, we evolve. New members come, some members go, but in the end, I am always astonished by the overall strength of the assembly. We’re more than a team, we’re a family, and I am grateful to each and every one of them for this incredible reminder. (And just MAYBE my softness is starting to spread!)
If you want to kick-start your attitude of gratitude this month (and have security clearance to our office or a friend on our team who can help you out), stop outside the content cubbie.
Ready to give some love? Grab a blank card and matching envelope (or really mix it up and kick-start my OCD by taking different colors!) and handwrite a quick thank you note to someone who made your day better.
Feeling like you need some love? Grab an item from the shining star basket and know that I think you are the sparkliest (though maybe not the brightest – yeah, I’m talking to you, Josh) star and I am grateful for you.
[ A note from the author: While my day job is digital, there is nothing better than a handwritten message. Allow your gratitude to extend beyond your inner circle. Wanna send love to a stranger who needs it most? Check out www.moreloveletters.com and see the only time I’ll ever agree with the statement, “The world doesn’t need another website.” ]