From time to time, we use this space to shed light on the people who make up our practice. With the holiday season kicking off, we’re taking a moment to recognize the importance of gratitude and saying thanks.
While gratitude makes for a great daily practice, it’s also true that for many people this time of year marks a particularly important moment to stop, reflect, and express what we’re thankful for. Expressing gratitude and appreciation can connect you more deeply with the people in your life and boost your outlook on things. And that warm fuzzy feeling you get from saying “thank you?”— It might actually be making you healthier. With that in mind, here are some of the things we’re especially grateful for:
|Marla Cornelius (Senior Project Director)
I am grateful to the leaders that I work with and whom I learn from, laugh with, and get inspired by each day. I am also grateful for cats. I ring in every New Year with my best friends playing games, singing, dancing, eating, and laughing non-stop.
|Amy Benson (Project Coordinator)
I am grateful to the people in my life who support me in a million ways, like the friend who brought me a pomegranate because she was at the store and she knows I love them, the bandmate who faithfully books our practice space and sends out reminders about date, place, and time, and the co-workers who make sure our projects keep moving forward and really mean it when they say, “How are you today?” I’m also grateful to the many people who support my life without me ever meeting them. For instance, the garment workers who make my clothes, and the truck drivers and shipping crews who make sure they get to the stores where I can buy them. And of course, the farmers! I’m so grateful to the farmers for growing the food that sustains me and all of us.
|Lupe Poblano (Project Director)
I am so grateful that I have the privilege of working in partnership with so many talented and diverse CompassPoint staff members as we move towards racial justice together. I’m also thankful that the Oakland A’s are the best team in baseball (and that this is an objective fact).
|Adriana Rocha (Practice Director)
I am grateful for the love of my family, hearing my son’s laugh; for my colleagues’ commitment, passion, and humor. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow. I am grateful to partner with leaders and organizations fighting for justice. I am grateful for soccer and Flaming Hot Cheetos.
|Erin Lingren (Associate Project Director)
I take a few minutes each morning to say out loud to myself what I’m thankful for. It always makes me feel more energized for the day. And here’s a great resource on the science of gratitude.
|Jeanne Bell (CEO)
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I have every day to learn from CompassPoint’s staff, board, partners, clients, and funders. It’s a place of learning and I could not ask for more than that. I am also grateful for my freedom in a world where so many people’s is limited. The sense that I can craft my own life is something I am deeply aware of and grateful for.
|Maro Guevara (Project Coordinator)
I’m grateful to be celebrating eight years of living in the Bay Area; to be able to walk out my door each morning and be in one of the most interesting cities in the world; for 24-hour donut shops, a community of creative folks, a loving family and the ability to learn something new every day.
|Cristina Chan (Grants and Communications Director)
What I’m thankful for, in no particular order: The smart, creative, and committed people I get to work with; everyone who makes me laugh; my parents and friends who take care of my kids when I’m at work; the people who give their seats to seniors and pregnant women on BART and MUNI; that my family is healthy and happy; the crock pot; the opportunity to travel; people who can capture the beauty in things and the best in people; that I live in a neighborhood where people chat and wave and keep an eye out for each other; sushi; everyone who supports CompassPoint.
Your turn: What are you most thankful for? Do you have a daily or yearly practice of gratitude? Share your ideas in the comments below.