I was asked to write a blog post about what I am thankful for to be posted on our corporate website. This afternoon I opened my laptop and typed the first things that came to mind. As I wrote, I saw a pattern in my list that I had never considered before. It seems that in my life I am thankful for two things – people and experiences.
I really like my work. I truly enjoy the people I am surrounded by everyday and I believe in the solutions we are creating. I believe our solutions are very good and truly helpful tools for marketers and I am inspired by a team who believes our solutions can be even better and is relentlessly dedicated to delivering nothing short of great. I am surrounded by genius and humility everyday – a wonderful combination and I am thankful that I get to be a part of it… that I get to lead it.
I am thankful for my friends. It seems over time it has gotten easier and easier to collect acquaintances and harder and harder to dedicate quality time with friends. There are a few people I call friends and I am thankful for each of them. Selfishly, I am thankful for the way each one adds to my life. I don’t make nearly enough time for my friends, but I am thankful for every moment we do get to spend together. I am thankful that in those moments together we spend far less time reliving old stories than we do creating new ones.
I am thankful for my family. My brother and mother – my original friends who taught me so much about what it means to be true to who you are. My wife, my best friend who knows me better than I do and who shows me everyday what unconditional love really looks and feels like. And my kids who still run to the door when I get home. If I had to choose just one thing, mostly I am thankful for that; for coming home each day, the chime of the door when I enter the house from the garage and sound of three kids on their way to meet me. The way my wife waits in the kitchen and smiles when I enter the room, usually with at least two kids hanging from my neck…
There is a scene early in the movie Jobs where a man says, “Life is a journey to its completion.” I believe when this journey is complete, we will be left with either excuses or experiences. I am thankful for the people in my life and for the experiences we are creating together.