Indulging in my own gratitude (2008)

Happy Thanksgiving!  Even if you’re not in the states — why not take a moment today and remember some of the blessings you have in your life?

I try very hard to make every post in this blog about you.  I want to infuse value, insights and fresh ideas in every post.

So I hope you’ll forgive me this annual self-indulgent post. 

What I would love is to have you add to it with your own self-indulgent gratitude.  That would make me feel better.  (Does that make this post even more self-centered?)

Anyway…enough prelude.Soglogo

In 2006 at the Balanced Life Center blog, Nneka created the Season of Gratitude.  She invited other bloggers to share “a gratitude moment” and I couldn’t resist joining in back then and I can’t resist making this my annual Thanksgiving post.

Rather than create a laundry list of the incredible and plentiful blessings that I am surrounded with every day, I decided to narrow my focus to my greatest gift. 

My daughter.  She is quite simply the best part of me. 

Her questions force me to find my own clarity.  Her humor is the perfect salve for a stressful day. Her fears remind me of my own humanity and her teen-induced insecurities keep my heart tender. 

Her zest for life’s delights feeds my spirit and her need to re-charge urges me to slow down now and then. Her laughter triggers my own (sometimes in the most inappropriate places and times) and her tears show me the depth of my own vulnerability.

Her drive to succeed tempers my own so we can talk about balance and her sense of discovery (both academic and of self) lets me indulge in the same. 

Her need to learn about the responsibilities that come along with being given a good life allows me to share my talents unselfishly and take her along for the ride.

Her presence gives me purpose.  Her future gives me hope.  And her faith in me inspires me to be a better person.   

She is my Jiminy Cricket.  She is my legacy.  And she is, every single day, my season of gratitude.

How about you….will you take a moment and share your season of gratitude with us?

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4 comments on “Indulging in my own gratitude (2008)

  1. Karin H. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Drew!

    I would like to share the gratitude to all those special people who have stood by us with advice, help and sometimes even lending a shoulder to cry on to start and grow our business.

    As ‘strangers’ in a ‘strange’ land this unconditional giving we have and still experience is so worth to remember. We will never take their help or assistance for granted – it’s their ongoing loving gift to us and that is something to be truly grateful for.

    Karin H. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

  2. Karin,

    Isn’t it amazing how many people we’re blessed with. People who, for no reason other than to give, reach out their hand to help?

    It’s a very good thing to be mindful of our good fortune. Sounds like you have lots to be grateful for!


  3. Becky C says:

    I am thankful for the time I spent from January through June, looking for a new job. Upon leaving a start-up that I helped ‘start-up’ last December, one that no longer had one item on the positive side of my Good/Bad list, I was forced to look for myself – again – at age 53. I found blogs like yours, others that were frivoulous, so many new ideas that put me back on track. I applied for jobs outside of marketing for the first time in my life, went to many interviews, all to discover that I still had the juju necessary to contribute to a company again – in marketing. I’m four months into a job as a Marketing Director and excited to get to work everyday – AFTER my morning workout at the Y that I rediscovered on my time off. I feel very lucky to be working and hope to help others who have gone on this very odd journey of re-grouping. Again. Thanks Drew!

  4. Becky —

    WOW! What a year you’ve had. So many things to be thankful for. Congrats on re-discovering yourself and your talents. It sounds like the start up drained your energies and your self belief.

    How cool that you found them both again! Congrats on the “new” job and the new outlook. Sounds like you’ve earned them both.


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