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.


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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