“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
– John F. Kennedy
Here I am, my friends, as the sun sets on 2013, with a huge opportunity to simply stop and share my gratitude for having you beside me on our self-leadership and strengths journey.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hubbub of the holidays, the obligations of family, the end-of-the-year work crush. But, I want to stop for a moment, and do what my friend Vicki Flaherty often does, pause to celebrate. Once in a while, I’ll get an instant message from her, after she’s heard that I’ve accomplished a goal or had some good news. She’ll write, “I want to take this moment to pause and celebrate with you…” The first time she did that to me, I was astonished. The thought of pausing for much of anything is kind of foreign to me. It felt great.
I want to return the favor, and stop for a moment to celebrate with you. I celebrate the awesomeness of having a good job, of people who engage with me on a personal level, and share their hopes and dreams as we work together to make them happen. I celebrate those who open their heart with kindness and compassion, who offer insight and a new lens on difficult problems or circumstances. I celebrate those who simply listen without judging or advising.
I pause to celebrate YOU.
May you enjoy this holiday season surrounded by the love and laughter of family and friends.
Thank you for making a difference in my life.