How do you feel RAG notes positively impact people's lives?
I’ve watched so many of these little notes shape peoples days. It is a gift to watch people’s faces light up around someone recognizing them not just for what they are accomplishing - but simply for who they are! One thing particularly interesting to note with RAG is how deeply it shapes both the receiver AND the writer. It’s easy to note the impact felt when you receive what someone sat down and intentionally took the time to celebrate about you. But what’s even crazier is to watch the way practicing gratitude for others actually cultivates more joy in the person that wrote the note! I’ll often say, gratitude is a muscle. If it’s rarely exercised, it cannot grow. BUT, when it IS worked, just like when our muscles are worked, it grows, massively. We begin seeing things with a lens of energy and excitement around the discovery of things around us (and in others!) we never even knew we were grateful for!
Do you incorporate the RAG ethos into your life in other ways?
Two of my top 5 core values are authenticity - making space for others to be fully themselves - and communication - using the written and spoken word to affirm life and redeem time. Both of those things, if I’m staying committed to them and living into them well, require me to get present with others, set aside my own distractions and mind chatter and listen, deeply, to what others need. I feel like it’s a lifelong journey for me - but everyday my heart’s prayer is that I might do just that. Listen to my life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is!! And ideally, to be the fragrance of love (Christ!) to those around me. Sharing intentional moments of recognition, affirmation and gratitude with others is definitely one method for doing it well.
I’m also a journaler. Writing is like breathing for me, and ever since I was 12, I’ve written daily. Over the last few years, as the practice of gratitude has profoundly shaped my life, I’ve started guiding my daily entries through the lens of gratitude. I found that so often, I was coming to my journal and just emotionally throwing up, tossing everything on the page and just letting it sit. There is a time and place for that! However, I wanted my daily practice to be more intentional about growing that muscle of gratitude and helping me see life through a larger and more thankful lens. Now, each of my journal entries start with 5 things I am grateful for that day and expands from there.