Gratitude Isn’t Always Easy

Wow – I have so much to write I don’t know where to start!  One of the busiest but most gratifying weeks for me, came to a close on the anniversary of a dear friend’s passing (March 11, 2012). She will forever be in my heart………

With that, I felt like writing about gratitude was going to be more difficult this week.  I needed an inspirational quote so I thought I would go to Brene Brown‘s site for it.  She is the expert on gratitude, and is quoted everywhere you find references on the subject.  If you have never looked at her site, I recommend it.

So what do I find when I open up her site, but a link (ping back) at the bottom to one of my posts from  I was shocked.  Since I have started writing, this is the first time I have come across a site that had a reference to something I have written – without me knowing about it.

It is moments like this that you realize the small things you do can have a big impact over time.  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but perhaps years from now someone might just click on the link and find something of value.  For this I am grateful.

As many of you know, I started this site just one week ago today.  I have had over 300 unique visitors to the site! With the added functionality I get by controlling the website design myself, I have been able to add “plug ins” that are automating some very manual processes.  As a result I had several people sign up by email in the very first week.  Those people already know how grateful I am for that.

The Father Daughter Relationship

With all this happening on the site, I can’t forget the daily moments with our kids.  I write after they go to bed each night because I choose to be present with my family when I have the opportunity to.  Sometimes I do better at this “mentally” than other times.

We took the girls to see Disney on ice today and it was in fact “magical”.  This was the first time my wife and I had gone and we were very impressed.  If you haven’t gone yet, try it and you will be grateful for the recommendation.

While it has taken me a long time, I am finally starting to understand the whole concept of “natural consequences”.  The result is a significantly reduced level of stress for me.  I am grateful my wife figured it out a long time ago, and I am especially grateful she has been patiently waiting for me to figure it out as well.

Funny story.  I remember back in Psychology 101 when we talked a lot about nature vs nurture.  It took me 21 years to see it first hand this week.  When I asked our middle daughter how she like her new pre-school teacher, she responded by saying he is great.  When I asked her what his name was, she responded with………”Heather”. 

I am grateful for the smile that put on my face.


I had a conversation with someone amazing at work this week.  She has an amazing story and I am so grateful to know her.  She is realizing the power of vulnerability and touching people in ways she didn’t know she could.  When I asked her how a speaking engagement she had went, it brought tears to my eyes to hear the result.


A friend had her picture featured on the cover of Island Jane magazine.  I am so grateful to know her and I am very happy for her!  You can see it here………cover.

Finally, I want to recommend a friend site.  If you haven’t visited thebookofopen yet, I would encourage you to do so.  Jason is one of those select few, that has the power to change the way people think. I believe he will!

He referenced me on his site this week – for that I am grateful.  It seems like such a coincidence because this is the quote I heard on the way home from work:

“… can make a connection with a total stranger, just by sharing your struggles with them.  That is the power of vulnerability”.


I leave you with one final link that I am grateful for.  I had my third article published this week – and it was on an EPIC site.  Check out one of my previous posts at

What are you grateful for?


Note to anyone that is reading these DadsReflections posts on LinkedIn.  I want to let you know that I will only be posting articles on LinkedIn, that have a work or leadership related component going forward.  I want to respect the integrity of that platform and keep the posts focused on what that audience prefers.

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