Reflecting with Gratitude

IMG_0297“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”Melody Beattie

By Elizabeth Stincelli, DM

This week, instead of my regular weekly article, I wanted to take a moment to remind myself, and everyone of you, to take a moment to reflect with gratitude. I’m not talking about gratitude for the wonderful opportunities I’ve been offered; the doors that have been opened for me; or amazing family, friends, and colleagues. These things are easy to be grateful for. I’m talking about reflecting with gratitude on the mistakes I’ve made, the massive failures I have experienced, the friends that turned out not to be so friendly, and the graveyard of skeletons in my closet. For every bone, every failure, and every mistake has contributed to my becoming the person I am today.

Thinking back on every wrong turn I have taken, poor choice I have made, and, what I thought at the time, were life destroying events, I am amazed that I am where I am today; stronger, wiser, and better than ever. These events did not destroy me, on the contrary, they have created a wonderful life for me and made me into a pretty darn good person, even if I do say so myself. I wouldn’t trade who I am to be anyone else in the world.

Yes, sometimes I have taken the rough road and had to learn my lessons the hard way. But, then again, what better way is there? Take a moment today to reflect with gratitude the things that had the potential to destroy you, but actually ended up making you and your life better.

© 2015 Elizabeth Stincelli

Liz Stincelli is passionate about recognizing and inspiring the leader in each of us. She is the CEO of Stincelli Advisors where she focuses on helping organizations engage employees and improve organizational culture. Liz holds a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership.

Learn more about Liz by visiting her website, and connect with her on Twitter @infinitestin, Google+, and LinkedIn. You can contact her by email at


Author: lizstincelli

I am Liz Stincelli and I am passionate about recognizing, inspiring, and igniting the leader in each of us. I am the Founder of Stincelli Advisors where I specialize in helping management teams learn new ways of looking at problems and finding new approaches to discovering solutions. I hold a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership. I offer 20+ years of pro-active operations management, problem-solving, team-building, human resources, accounting, and business administration experience in a variety of industries. I serve on the Editorial Review Board for the Independent Journal of Management and Production and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. I have also been a guest lecturer at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Westminster College. You can learn more about me by reading my blog here at: or Connect with me on Twitter @infinitestin, on Google+, and on LinkedIn. You can contact me by email at

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s