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Gratitude Story…I’ll Tell You Mine if You Tell Me Yours

I am grateful for three things: my boys, projects and team.

In January of this year, my twin 7-year-old boys made a simple request, “We want you to listen to us!”

Not realizing that I hadn’t been listening, I agreed. (what kind of parent would I be if I didn’t??)

Since then, there have been more requests…and even feedback from them! In an earlier blog post, I wrote about how my boys got me to join the PTA and how it has revealed a deeper calling for me…in the non-profit arena.

Another request was, “You should quit drinking diet coke, mommy! If we’re not allowed to drink soda because it’s bad for us, then it must be bad for you, too… so you shouldn’t do what’s bad for you!” Of course I had to agree to (and obey) that request as well.

Over the months I realized following their suggestions and listening to their feedback was leading to life changes that had a strange effect on me…I was becoming happier. Much, much happier!

Now we are almost to the end of the year, I have been relationship-free for almost a year (this, due to the request, “no boyfriends for a while, mommy”). My life is fuller and richer with friendships, team, collaboration, projects and of course a deeper and a more fun connection with my boys than ever existed before. I am grateful to my boys for that…grateful that they got me to listen and they got me to play. Last night instead of homework (it is a holiday week, mind you!) we played games like memory, go fish and dominoes..it was a blast!

I’m grateful for projects: Martin Sage says, “People have a need that goes even deeper than earning money, survival or even being loved, it is the desire to be truly in service to our fellow human beings.”

With projects in my coaching and training business, as well as in my new volunteer project, I have found a way to be in service to the community. In fact, it has even given me a way to create a community where one did not previously exist.

Keith Ferrazzi, (author of “Never Eat Alone”) recently cited a study out of Arizona State University that links volunteering to improved physical and emotional health. My volunteer project, creating the Fittest Family Contest at my sons’ elementary school, has opened doors I never even knew existed. It has also contributed to the fact that since its’ inception three months ago, I am happier than I have ever been.

I’m grateful for having a team, both in my business and in the ‘side project’. “Lions live and hunt in family groups called prides. By working together, pride members can capture prey much larger than one lion could on its own…”

Focusing on collaboration and community rather than on one relationship has enabled me to forge teams, professional collaborations and a tribe. Wonderful people have stepped up to play with me…assisting with mutually beneficial projects, tasks and inspiration.

Besides my boys, I don’t have immediate family in Texas. For this reason, Thanksgiving could be a lonely holiday. This year, however, it promises to be full and rich. We’ve accepted two invitations from people on my Dana’s My Coach sales team to participate in their family celebrations. We are honored and delighted to accept their invitations…and grateful to have a team!

On Thanksgiving morning, we will also participate in the Turkey Trot (link below) marathon. Still another activity initiated by the boys. Taking action on their desire to run helped me reconnect with my own love of running which has lay dormant since college!

Since Thanksgiving is about gratitude this is my gratitude story. Sadly, I heard recently from a client who works at one of the largest gaming companies in the US. She says, “Thanksgiving is our most lucrative day of the year…we don’t have a slight increase in game usage, we have a HUGE increase.”

In other words, what is meant to be a time to celebrate and enjoy family and connections is actually a time where many people are choosing to isolate and disconnect from human connection.

If you want to bring your attention to what you are thankful for, please write your gratitude story… and share it! I’d love to hear it!!

You can also take action on any of the recommended links below on ways to stay healthy and connected for the holidays:

Healthy Holiday Recipes from local Kitchen Allegre Chef Katy

Annual Turkey trot: info & registration

Family game: Spoons

10 responses to “Gratitude Story…I’ll Tell You Mine if You Tell Me Yours

  1. Will Bingham November 23, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Hey DANA! My future coach 😉 I like the headline…. haha no boyfriends mommy…. That’s funny…. Let’s catch up…. Have fun on the Turkey trot!

  2. shecky November 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Great stuff, Dana. I have much to be thankful for, and count my blessings every day.

    After some very huge challenges the last few years….financial, emotional, and physical, I am just thankful for the basics…..a great sales job, my mom and brother are only 80 miles away (will see them today), good health, and have met some pretty amazing people since moving to Austin. Lastly, I’m moving forward with a big project that I’ve been talking about for too long….soon to be released.

    I often think about the old saying….”I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” This one saying has stayed with me for a long time, and keeps things in perspective for me.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    • Dana Minney November 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      HI Shecky!

      THank you for contributing your ‘Gratitude Story’! I enjoyed hearing a little more about you.
      Congrats on moving forward with the new project! You make me curious with this..!
      Sorry i could not make the party the other day…hope you had a great time and a great Thanksgiving with your family. Seems we are long overdue for a lunch or coffee..let’s schedule something soon!!


  3. martha minney November 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Dana, your story was beautiful, and so insightful. And I have always believed that children are very perceptive, especially when it involves matters important to them (as their mommy is). Thank you for sharing. (My gratitude story involves family, fun, and fortune. My family is well and happy; I have a lot of fun in my life (friends and singing), and I have a small fortune in memories and in
    upcoming events. How lucky is that?) Marty

    • Dana Minney November 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      HI Mom!
      Thank you for contributing to the blog! I am so glad to hear you are enjoying your life and your ‘fortune in memories’. I’m also thankful you and dad are so healthy and active and happy. You are great role models for us!

      Look forward to seeing you both over the holidays.


  4. Maureen Haskell November 25, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Our family has a wonderful tradition of writing what we are grateful for on our “Grateful Leaves” that the kids and I make and each of us write what we are grateful for on. Today I wrote on my grateful leaf: Honey (Scot), Faith, Will, Papa (my Dad) and Gigi (my Grandma). All of our family – present and not. All that is “Be Groovy Be Green” Cunningham Elementary Cobra’s, Sustainable Food Center and my work with Dana Minney! We keep all of these year after year in our “Give Thanks” Turkey.

    • Dana Minney November 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you Maureen for contributing your ‘Gratitude Story’! It was a pleasure to hear about your tradition of “Grateful Leaves”! We just write our things on regular paper…;-)
      I am also grateful for you and Scot and Faith and Will and all the pleasure and support you’ve given to our family over the last few years! …many more to come!

  5. Debra Bandera November 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I am so happy for you, your gratitude story and your transformational year of Happiness!!! xoxo

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