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Don’t Wait to Thank Your Mentors and Heroes

Steve Jobs Artwork by David Datuna, Mironova Gallery

Like many, Steve Jobs had an influence on my life.  He taught me a lesson recently.  It was in his passing that I learned not to wait to seek out my heroes.  Steve Jobs did not live that far from me but we didn’t know each other.  He was a distant mentor on a pedestal of brilliance and accomplishment that most of us feel is out of reach. Perhaps you have a hero or someone you feel this way about? Perhaps, like me, there are those that are gone now and you wish that you had expressed how you felt about them. Continue Reading…

Folsom Lake Crossing Human Chain of Gratitude YouTube Video

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Folsom Lake Crossing Human Chain of Gratitude

It will come as no surprise that when Julie Bjorgum introduced her idea to demonstrate gratitude  – I jumped. We have a new bridge opening in Folsom, CA.  It's a rare event -and has become an opportunity to express gratitude and thanks.  970 feet of bridge joining communities together.

Show your “gratitude attitude” by joining the Human Chain of
Gratitude
stretching across the Folsom L
ake Crossing during the Grand Opening Festival on Saturday,
March 28 at 12:00.

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What would it be like if we all gave up and believed in
hopelessness, doom, despair?  Great
things are accomplished because despite the odds, there were people who tried,
people who believed in the possible, who weren’t afraid to fail if it furthered
the greater good.  We are humbled by our
present circumstances, but that does not make us losers.  Our society does not support the idea of
coming in 2nd, but I believe it is by our efforts that we are all
winners.  Folsom’s newest bridge next to
Folsom Dam is certainly an inspiring example of seemingly insurmountable odds
made possible by hard work,Gratitude folsom lake bridge grand opening folsom lake corssing human chain commitment and positive thinking.  We pay tribute to all who made it a reality.

 I am grateful that a smile is more contagious than a
disease.

What are you grateful for?

Author; Julie Bjorgum

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Come show your gratitude!

 

The Season for Gratitude

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The following was posted by Robert Greenlaw on the Character First! Newsletter:

November provides a great occasion to count your blessings and give thanks.

Teach your children the definition of gratefulness: “letting others
know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life.”

Make a list of those who have benefited your family, and discuss
ways you can show your appreciation. Remember that gratefulness is more
than a feeling. It involves expressing appreciation for others’
contributions. Consider these ideas:

  • Cp559800Write “Thank You” notes to schoolteachers.
  • Make food or desserts for someone who has helped your family.
  • Send notes of appreciation to city leaders, police officers, or other public servants.

Recall the good things that happened this year, even the unexpected benefits of disappointments.542579fallfoliagechangingleavesposters

Grateful relationships should be the rule all year.  It is the season, however, to give your old coat, your unused toys, some canned goods or whatever you can spare.  If you don’t know where or how to do this then connect with your local Rotary Club.

Laughter Works

Laughter, fun and enjoyment.  Aren’t these things that we all seek?  I’ve often underestimated their value as I plod along throughRen_laughter_1 work  – like spending another Sunday at my glamorous desk enjoying the life of the entrepreneur.  I’ve learned a great deal , though, from my good friend Jim Pelley who practices what he preaches.  His business Lwlogo_smis Laughterworks Seminars and he’s been teaching the value of humor to Fortune 500 companies  for many years.

Jim speaks about  how humor can help manage change with workplace/life issues, make teams more effective, banish stress and unleash creativity.  It’s awesome to have a friend that deeply understands the relationship between humor, communication, and productivity.

Recently Jim and I both attended a breakfast themed “Radical Gratitude” where celebrating a life of abundance was encouraged.  What better representation of appreciation, self-affirmation and a life of abundance than the gift of laughter?  What better representation of true character than a life-long commitment to encouraging enjoyment?  AND, teaching how it can make many aspects of your life and work more effective! Hannah_marmins_laughing

Some of the most beautiful sounds I know are the laughter of my wife and daughter.  So  make sure someone hears your laugh today.  It may be the beautiful sound they’re looking for…