Ignatian Spirituality in the Workplace Part II – Reflections by Jane Belford (L’78)

The most recent Georgetown Alumnae Women and Wine program titled, “Spirituality in the Workplace” was held on May 8th and co-presented by Rev. Joe Lingan, S.J. and Jane Golden Belford (L’78), the former Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington and first woman appointed to this position.

Together, the two provided insights and suggestions on how to increase the spirituality quotient in our daily lives – be it in the boardroom, the classroom, or any room in which we work.

Mrs. Belford focused on the importance of having a commitment to a daily spiritual practice.  Start with prayer, and pray throughout the day.  On days that don’t seem to have the space, try this prayer: “Nothing is going to happen to me today that God and I can’t handle.”

Mrs. Belford provided the following “Top 10” on how to increase spirituality in your workplace:

10) Praise people before provide criticism or giving negative feedback.

9) Avoid gossip and negative language. And conversely, strive for excellence in all you do.

8) Forgive mistakes.

7) Smile. Peace begins here.

6) Make time for prayer.

5) Have dependence on God.

4) Have integrity and be honest. Be on time.

3) Be of service to others. A simple example is saying “hello and good bye” to colleagues.

2) Be grateful.

1) Set a good example of seeing God in others.

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Guest blogger: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
McDonough School of Business, Executive Masters in Leadership

For more information about the Women and Wine series and alumni spirituality programming, go to: http://alumni.georgetown.edu/spirituality

 

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Ignatian Spirituality in the Workplace – Reflections by Rev. Joe Lingan, S.J.

Looking at the crowd of 125 alumnae gathered in Dahlgren Chapel, Rev. Joe Lingan, S.J. opens with questions:  Why are you here?  What are you looking for?  What are you hoping?

These simple and challenging questions provide a framework for the most recent Georgetown Alumnae Women and Wine program held on May 8th.  This program–co-presented with Jane Golden Belford (L’78), the former Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington–was titled, “Spirituality in the Workplace.”  Together, the two provided insights and suggestions on how to increase the spirituality quotient in our daily lives – be it in the boardroom, the classroom, or any room in which we work.

Father Lingan asks that as we “do,” we do so in the name of God. St. Igantius of Loyola (1491-1556), Founder of the Jesuits, urges one to see that God is present in ordinary experiences.  It’s less about setting up a dichotomy of “spiritual verse ordinary,” but throughout our days, we can’t but help to encounter the Divine, in small and significant ways.  He encourages us to look around. Be open. Be curious. Be grateful. Be generous.

Father Lingan suggests the New York Times best-seller, “Give and Take,” authored by Adam Grant and subtitled: Why helping others, drives our success. Father Lingan summarizes it by stating “generosity produces good work.”  And, good work, serving others, realizing one’s full potentially are all inter-related and components of a creating more spirituality in the workplace.

anneliesa

Guest blogger: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
McDonough School of Business, Executive Masters in Leadership

For more information about the Women and Wine series and alumni spirituality programming, go to: http://alumni.georgetown.edu/spirituality