I have a framed certificate in my home office that says, “In grateful memory of Wayland Eugene Causey who died in the service of his country at Port Chicago, California. 17 July 1944. He stands in the broken lines of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it, he lives – in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men. Signed Franklin Roosevelt, President if the United States.
I never knew my grandfather but I am thankful to have this print to remind us of his sacrifice and impact he had on our country. So many times we have intentions to meet someone for lunch, attend an event, or share our thoughts of gratitude with a friend or colleague that has helped on our journey, but we put it off thinking we have all of the time in the world… and one day look up and find it’s too late!
Last Saturday, my wife and I invited my brother and his wife to dinner with my mom and dad for a Mother’s Day weekend dinner to spend some quality time celebrating this great lady. It was impromptu, but my older brother and his wife dropped what they were doing and made time to join us. We just never know how long we get to spend time with our family and friends.
The following Thursday my brother’s wife Stephanie suddenly passed away. Our hearts broke for Mark and his family. As I read all of the wonderful things friends and family members had to say about her and the impact she made on their lives via text, emails and Facebook, I wondered, “did she know how all of these people felt about her? Did they tell her how she touched them while she was with us? I’m sure many did express the impact she made on their life, but many may not have and just assumed she knew.
Why do we wait to share the small ways people impact us – our gratitude?
Today, I am grateful. I am standing on the shoulders of so many giants including my grandfather Wayland Eugene Causey and all of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country and paved the way for each of us to have freedom…
I am also grateful for my brother Mark for paving the way for me to move to Dallas and have many of the opportunities I have today to be a business leader helping families with relocation services. I’m thankful for his mentoring over the last 30 plus years modeling the way of a leader, a husband, a father, brother, and most importantly of a friend.
In chapter 9 of the book Find Your Lane titled “The Lane of Fulfillment”, I share a story called “if I make it to the pro football hall of fame” in which I expressed my gratitude for some of the people that have made positive impact on my life. It was great time of reflection for me, as well as sharing my gratitude with others.
Now it’s your time… Who do you need to share your gratitude with? Don’t wait… Let them know today! Have a great Memorial Day and God Bless the USA!
Call to Action: Make a list of 3 people that helped you get to where you are today and send them a note. Mail, email, or just text to say thank you. It will make impact!
Quote of the Week… “One Life can and always does, change the world” (John O’Leary)
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