My washing machine has been out of commission for a few days and I find myself lamenting the unavailability of the clothes that I normally wear. Instead, I am reaching into the back of the drawer to wear socks that I haven’t worn in ages – perfectly good socks, mind you, but not the ones I prefer.”

The same is true in so many other settings. I am able to extract much more peanut butter from the nearly-empty jar when there isn’t an unopened one next to it on the shelf. I can work miracles stretching the supplies for a training workshop when more participants attend than expected, but beforehand I feel compelled to go buy new tools. It may seem like there is nothing to do at home — unless the weather is miserable and I don’t want to leave the premises — and then I suddenly find ways to entertain myself. I claim there is “nothing to wear” unless the washing machine isn’t available and then realize what abundance there is in the closet that is routinely overlooked.

For today, see if you can push yourself to stretch the resources you have. Eat what is in the cupboard instead of going to a restaurant or store. Read a book from the shelf instead of ordering another. Listen to old playlists instead of downloading today’s hits.

Most of us have at our disposal much more than we need but we still want to continually pursue other options for “more” or “new”. In this month of thanksgiving, appreciate what you have instead.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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