What I’m Grateful For: My Daughter, and Everyone who Cares Passionately about What They Do
Today I had a meeting in downtown Seattle, which coincided perfectly with a chance to visit my oldest daughter Morgan, who is now in her third week at Swedish Medical Center as a nurse.
We had such an amazing time – first touring her campus and seeing the incredible medical community that she is working in, then navigating our way out of downtown Seattle during rush hour (what fun!!) and finally, getting to enjoy an incredible meal at Grazie Restaurante, the restaurant of our our wonderful clients that I had never met in person before.
As we enjoyed our appetizers and sipped the luscious Syrah, it really hit me – the ambiance, the attentive and caring wait staff, the devoted kitchen, the perfect menu, and then the absolutely amazing food – I am so grateful, even beyond words, to be able to work together with people that deeply and passionately care about what they bring into the world. It’s an honor and a delight to be a part of this glorious manifestation of dreams and hard work. The hours, weeks, months and years of research, testing, tasting, inspiration and sweat equity culminate in a truly exceptional experience that I feel blessed and delighted to be a very small part of.
Here’s to Maria of Grazie Restaurante, and to each and every one of you, who has a passion and has worked so hard to make it a joy that can be shared with your world. It’s a better place with you in it!
What I’m Reading: This week I’m (still!) reading Triggers – Creating Behavior that Lasts by Marshall Goldsmith. The chapters I read this week all revolved around the concept of asking, what this book terms, “active daily questions” – questions that call us, personally, into great presence and accountability to the selves that we are crafting ourselves to be. I started practicing this and found it both subtle yet profound – a question that might once have been, “Was I happy today?” is now asked as “Did I do my best to be happy today?”
That might seem a nearly imperceptible difference, but I urge you to try it tonight, and tomorrow ask it again – did I do my best to be happy today? Ask it for a week and let me know what you think.
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What I’m Pondering: “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln