In today's day and age, we're primed to be divisive. With daily political scandals and social media's active role in the way we consume information, it's no wonder that we tend to believe there is more division than unity.
However, it's important to remember that we are all citizens of this nation. Regardless of what you believe or who you support, it's still possible to bring unity and connection back to our great nation. And one of those ways is to show your patriotism wherever you are, including your work place.
So, what are some easy ways you can show your patriotism at the office?
Support the troops.
There are opportunities for everyone to support the troops in their own way, whether it's visiting a military cemetery or writing to soldiers who are currently deployed. But one of the most tangible ways to show your patriotism is by showing appreciation for veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has an entire page dedicated to showing support to the men and women who have served our country, whether they are still alive today. Also, when shopping or choosing a business to partner with, check and see if they're veteran-owned. These small businesses are the heart and soul of their communities. Whether it's an individual effort or you rally your team to support a veteran endeavor, it will certainly help to create pride in your community.
Take pride in the American flag.
No matter where you are, there is likely an American flag on display somewhere nearby. You can bring that symbolism into your workplace by flying the flag yourself! Make sure it's properly displayed and take pride in knowing where it came from. Once you get to know the flag's colors, symbolism, and meaning, you will be better equipped to appreciate the gift that the American flag is.
In addition to flying the flag yourself, consider hosting a flag retirement ceremony. In these ceremonies, you can properly dispose of flags that have been rendered unusable by getting rid of them respectfully with other veterans and community members.
Show appreciation for our national anthem.
Integrating your love of country into your work day doesn't have to be difficult. Start by playing/singing/listening to "The Star Spangled Banner" at the beginning of meetings or when interacting with customers. It doesn't have to be over the top, but by taking the time to acknowledge the anthem, it will show your patriotism in a way that's natural and easy within your office environment.
Appreciate what you have.
It's easy to take the things we have for granted, especially when they seem so ordinary. But there are many unique characteristics of America that can be highlighted by looking at our workforce and economy. By appreciating these attributes, it will be clear how lucky we are to live in this wonderful country.
Avoid making political statements without thinking about who you're speaking to.
It doesn't matter what your political affiliations are or whether someone agrees with them; it's best to avoid politics altogether in the workplace. Think of the people you work with and how they might perceive a conversation about politics and/or your beliefs. Are there other customers or workers who might be offended? What impact will it have on your business's credibility and reputation?
Everyone has the right to their own beliefs, but those beliefs should never interfere with work. Workplace patriotism doesn't have to be difficult to foster, nor does it need to take up an excessive amount of time or resources.
Be thankful for what our country has to offer.
Lastly, take a look at what this nation has to offer and be thankful. There is so much to appreciate in our nation, from the good we do for others around the world to the men and women who serve us at home. You can even write a letter of gratitude or appreciation to your local representatives thanking them for their work on your behalf. If you think about what it means to be an American, the opportunities available within this nation, and all the freedoms we're afforded, it's easy to see why being patriotic is an effort that benefits everyone in the long run.
What do you most appreciate about our current state of affairs? What would happen if certain rights or technologies were suddenly lost? How important is it to voice your opinions on an issue through voting or activism? These are all questions you can ask yourself to make a list of everything there is to appreciate about not only this nation, but our way of life.
If you want to show your patriotism at work, start by doing things that give you pride in America. We don't need to make a big fuss, we just need to integrate our love of country into the everyday. By doing so, we show our support and gratitude for this nation's principles, and we make it possible for future generations to appreciate them as well.
When you integrate patriotism into office life, it's a win-win situation. You show your love for the nation, and you also improve workplace morale! There's no time like the present to take a stand and integrate patriotic activity into your daily life. If you put yourself out there, it's likely that others will follow your example.
Patriotism is not just about wearing red, white and blue or singing the national anthem at sporting events. It's time to take a stand for this country, no matter where you are! So what are you waiting for? Start now by taking pride in the American flag, the national anthem, supporting the troops and appreciating all that our nation has to offer. When you do so, it's easy to see why patriotism is an effort that benefits everyone in the long run!
By showing your pride for this country, you are encouraging others to do the same. Be vocal about it if you can, or at least show it by working hard and being a good co-worker.
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