This week’s blog is a follow-up to the past three weeks:
November 2nd: The Magic of Gratitude
November 9th: A Million Little Miracles
November 16th: Why Gratitude Is Important
I want to share with you my top ten (in no particular order) list of items that I am grateful for.
My relationship with God
Give me a call someday; I’d love to tell you how God has changed my life.
My Family of Origin
I grew up in a Christian home, and my parents sacrificed for me. They were not perfect, no one is, but they did their best to provide a loving home and life principles to help me in adulthood.
I LOVE MY FAMILY.
My wife and children bring joy to my life. They believe in me and help me to be the best dad and husband I can be.
Friends that Push me to Excellence
I am so thankful for my friends. They push me to greatness, and they hold me accountable (in love). I am vulnerable with my friends, and this is my choice; I have asked them to push me, help me, and encourage me.
Friends who allow me to be me
I can be a mess at times. I have called my friends in the middle of the night when I was struggling with temptation. I have called them when I thought launching my own business was crazy, and I felt crazy for doing it. My friends allow me to be me. Messy. Sloppy. Foolish. And they always love me back to where I need to be, focused and driven on the goal.
I enjoy my time in prayer with God. I pray when I’m lying in bed (in the evening and the morning). I often pray the Lord’s Pray or Psalm 23. I pray for and with clients. I pray with for and with my family. I try to slow down and listen to God while I pray. Prayer brings peace to my life. Do you struggle with prayer? Give me a call, and I’d love to share with you what I have learned about prayer.
Hard life lessons and the pain that brought about growth
I have made some stupid decisions in my adult life. I am thankful that I have grown because of them.
I have made stupid decisions in my personal life (addictions and bad habits).
I have made stupid decisions in my relationships (breaking trust, using my words to hurt others).
I have made stupid decisions in my professional life (not completing my due diligence, laziness, being impulsive).
For every stupid decision I have made, I have learned to deal with it and move on. I am thankful for the hard life lessons.
Alone time and reflection while in Creation
I like to ride my MT bike in the woods in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter, I like to hike or trail run. No matter what time of year it is, I enjoy being in Creation and talking to the Creator.
Hard work and learning/honing my skills
I am thankful for the opportunity to do hard work (both mental and manual labor). What’s more, this past year (2020), I completed my Master’s degree in Executive Coaching. I had to push myself each week to read, write, and study. Honing my skills has brought me new confidence in life and personal happiness, knowing that I am growing in my abilities.
Helping clients and learning from them
I believe that every one of my clients has been led to me by God. I am thankful for each one, and I am grateful for what they teach me. I am changed every time I meet with a client, their life story impacts me, and I am thankful for the opportunity to bless them.