It's becoming a Booststrapping tradition on or around Thanksgiving for me to stop and take a moment (editor's note: that was a gross under-estimate. It took over 45 minutes to draft this post.) to take stock of all the things I have to be thankful for. I was 4 days late last year, and this year I'm five days late (ah! Project lag!). =)
I don't think I'm alone in the fact that if I am not careful, I start to focus far too much on the things that I don't have instead of being grateful for what I do have. The great American poet Sheryl Crow once said, "it's not having what you want. It's wanting what you've got." Well said.
As a formal disclaimer, my list is unique to me, but I am sure you will see some things here that you may also be glad for in your life. I encourage you to make your own list just to remind yourself of the good things and to concentrate on the blessings you have received. That said, here's my list:
I am thankful for the portfolio of work I'm able to create daily. I love being able to wake up and begin my day working on the various causes I'm passionate about. Whether it's CCCKids, the Special Olympics, the Autism Society or Elevate, I am so lucky that eBoost supports me with the flexibility to blend those causes in my day-to-day. On all fronts, on all causes, we've had a monumentally kick-butt year. And to know I've made an impact with each is so empowering and humbling at the same time. I am sincerely blessed to recognize that there is 'bigger game' out there.
I am thankful for my health. Not a day goes by that I don't talk with my grandparents, both chased by Father Time. And not a day goes by that I'm not hit-over-the-head reminded that not one additional day of life is guaranteed to us. Working with people with developmental disabilities on a weekly basis also serves as a reminder of this. I try and remember everyday to be thankful simply to be alive and healthy.
I am thankful for my family. Without getting in too much detail, this year brought long lost relatives into my life and now I wonder what I ever did without them.
I am thankful for true friendship. I appreciate the friends I have in life. This goes for those I am no longer in touch with for whatever reason...and even those that don't understand digital marketing! True friends are a rarity for me - my circle is small - and I am lucky to have had a few that I can count on no matter what. Without them, I'd have nothing interesting to say, no funny anecdotes to tell.
I am thankful to be able to connect to so many people on a daily basis. I can't even begin to tell you how many amazing men and women I have met this year, notwithstanding the new additions to our family here at the Boost.
Speaking of which, I am thankful to have the extended family I do at eBoost. People might get sick of hearing it, but I don't ever tire of saying it: THIS TEAM ROCKS!!! This past year has been a track meet - sprinting, sprinting, and sprinting. Certainly a few hurdles have been tossed on the pavement from time to time, but we adjusted well and handled everything with pleasantly surprising grace and overwhelmingly unsurprising sexiness. ;-) I love everything about this family of devastatingly good-looking misfits. Specifically (and since it is the holidays, I suppose I should use their government names)...
Micha, thank you for your passion. Your limitless energy pushes me to reach new heights in the business world. Your mind expands my way of thinking out of the box. Business gets more and more fun everyday. You're the biggest reason why.
Jen, thank you for your stability. When you entered the organization, you grounded it in something real. I'll always remember the day you came on board and drank the kool-aid. I left work that night thinking, "Man...this business is for real. Ok. Let's go get 'em." If Micha is the heart, you are the legs on which this company runs.
Nick, thank you for the wide-eyes and open ears you bring to work everyday. Oftentimes, when people reach high levels, they get too full of themselves and tend to eat their own you-know-what. That's the way it is, as I've seen it. But it's the reverse for you. The better you get, the more coachable you become. Thanks for teaching us all to never stop learning.
Danielle, thank you for your friendship. I tend to be unforgivingly hard on myself and sometimes I can get down when thinking about the negatives. Thank you for helping me remove my head from my rear and telling it like it is. Thank you for going after your dream and reminding me in the process that we're really only bound by the limits set in our own minds.
Amber, thank you for making me recognize that what got me here, won't get me there. This was a big one for me this year. Saying it repetitively with you made me realize that I needed to kick up my game as well. The excitement and fearlessness with which you attack everything new you commit to is more inspiring to others than you know.
Forest, thank you for providing balance. You balance the team in so many facets. You exude grace under fire in all aspects of life. Thank you for motivating me to kick it up a notch both personally and professionally - this includes my Laker pride.
Evan, thank you for supplying levity. It's great to cut it up with you, perform the "Pod Pummel" and give our clients stellar results together. Thank you for being the Co-Founder of N.A.F.T.A. And for single-handedly leading the foreign-exchange initiative here at eBoost.
To be sure, I'm sure I can think of more things, but those are definitely the things I am most thankful for.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!