What are you grateful for?

Posted by Rebecca Dannenfelser on Mon, Nov 25, 2013
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” 
― John F. Kennedy

As we turn our attention to the time of year when we celebrate family and eat a lot of turkey, let us take time to truly appreciate those we love. Stop and think about the people who have truly made a difference in your life--could be a family member, a partner, a husband, wife or child, a neighbor, a teacher, a policeman, a forgotten high school friend, a co-worker, your first boss, or the tough boss that pushed you too hard!

If you haven't seen this person in a while, think about what you might want to say to them. If you have seen them, think about what you've meaning to say but have never got around to saying. You may want to write your words down and send a note to them.

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My note long over due would be to mother. The Mother-Daughter relationship can be a tough one and ours suffered greatly through my turbulent teen years. Couple the stress of those times, with the difference in the way my mother and I approach things and you have a situation rife with judgment and disdain. My mom is thoughtful and sweet, while I can be impatient and action-oriented. I am not proud of those times, but what I do know is that my mother never stopped being kind to me (almost to a fault). She role modeled for me-- wisdom, humility, kindness, grace, and a keen understanding of what was really happening between us. And, the older I get, the more I realize I would love to be more like her. 

Who do you need to be thankful for this holiday season? Take the time to write them about your feelings of gratitude. You'll be glad you did.

Topics: definition of leadership, leadership legacy, improve workplace relationships

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