With Gratitude For The Struggle
Lately, I’ve been using “With gratitude” more in my salutations. And I sincerely mean it.
Here are some things I am grateful for;
- You, because you are here with me right now reading this post, and I appreciate that.
- My community at Next Element for being open, resourceful, and persistent in order to practice what we preach and tenaciously pursue our mission.
- My wife, Julie. Loving, conscientious, smart, playful, dependable, wise, and elegant.
- Failures that invite humility and lead to better ways of doing things.
- College-age children who come home feeling grateful for family, actually wanting to be around and talk about things that matter to them.
- Yard work that helps me feel sore, alive, and satisfied.
- Wisdom from people who have learned valuable lessons and are willing to share it with others.
- My mom, my father in-law, and my other father figure and mentor, Taibi, for being the kind of parents a 50 year-old needs.
- Fresh ground coffee and home-made whipped cream.
- Stories of changed lives from our global network of trainers, coaches, facilitators, and consultants.
- Opportunities to make a difference in my community.
- A BBQ smoker I found across the street that a neighbor was throwing away.
- Friends of 30 years who love each other and would do anything for each other no matter how long it’s been.
- Anyone who has taken a stand against sexual assault, bigotry, and economic oppression.
- All the bloggers and podcasters who have welcomed me on their shows and lent me their platform to share our message of compassionate accountability.
- Trevor Noah’s fabulous new book, Born A Crime, for triggering a flood of memories from my high school years in Southern Africa. And for teaching me so much more about apartheid. I recommend the audiobook since it’s narrated by Trevor himself.
None of these things has made my life easier or more luxurious (except the coffee). They have added meaning, purpose, and connection. Life is about struggling together. There’s no greater gift than a struggle that creates something amazing. Especially when it happens with others.
Where have you found gratitude in the struggle? Will you share?
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