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After reading so many of the wonderful posts on the site today I had a thought I’d like to share. It’s a nice word about something my husband does every year.

Around the beginning of November, he begins writing a thank you memo to his staff and faculty. This totals about 90 people.

He says something to and about each and every person, from the highest in his administrative staff to the little known person who cleans the school in the middle of the night. Everyone no matter who they are.

His thank you list takes a lot of time and thought. He is careful to be very sincere. The hardest part of it is when he has someone on his staff who is causing problems. A couple of years ago someone was making trouble and actually tried to get him fired by attempting to make him look bad in the eyes of his board. And, yet, even after being given the ok to fire this person, he didn’t and he actually found a paragraph of thankful things to say about this person.

I admire this about him and it makes me thankful for him. We can even be thankful for those in our lives who we may not like or who make trouble for us. They help us grow. They teach us patience.  

So today I’m thankful for all the wonderful people I have in my life but also for the ones who I wish I’d never met at times because they, too, help make me the person I am.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • Cynthia: thanks for speaking for my heart.  I am thankful to all that shape my character.  I also need a trainer, that can shape my figure.



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      Rystmom wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • What an awesome thing your husband does. So many people are never told something positive from their boss.
      Also, what a great idea to incorporated into my own life.



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      Inakika wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • Cynthia,
      This truly speaks to the integrity of your husband. What a man he is, indeed, in every sense of the word. And what a lucky woman you are to have such a man.
      You are both blessed to have each other. No wonder you are a Chocolatier, you and your hubby are so sweet!



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      Linni wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • What a wonderful, caring, thoughtful man your husband is! What your husband does is wonderful because not many hear things from thier bosses. and when that happens, they feel that what they do isn’t important, etc.  

      When they hear those positive thoughts, and feelings FROM THE HEART, they realize that what they DO is important!

      thank you for blessing us with this post Cynthia!



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      Jenni0811 wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • This speaks volumes of your husband as a caring human being. And rystmom is right that most people never hear anything positive from their boss....I bet your husband has some very happy, productive and loyal employees.



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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • I’m printing this off to keep Cynthia.  I think more people should do the same.  

      Thanks for sharing.

      Happy Thanksgiving....



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      Coachmombabe wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • That is awesome, Cynthia! I would like to be more like that. Maybe that will be a character goal of mine this year. It’s so easy to let the negatives we perceive cloud the positive things that are in each person. What a good example your husband sets for others! No wonder you are grateful for him!



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      Angelina Peterson wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • WONDERFUL. Life is what you shine your light on. So why not be like your hubby and look at the positives and be THANKFUL! Thank you for sharing this with us!



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      L. Denise Jackson wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • Chocolatier, thank you so much for reminding me how important that is.  I am managing a staff who things that because I am nice, I am a pushover and that our friendly relationship overrules the policies that I need to abide by as a manager of the business.  I have all contractors working for me and at times, they don’t understand that business is not 2 weeks after I make a point but from that point on.  So...this may be a good time bring this humane act back into my professional life.  

      Actually I used to send Christmas cards and write things in each one for all my clients and family and friends.  Life, time, and illness got in the way but it is time to do return to that again.

      Thank you for your vision Chocolatier.



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • That is awesome. I cannot wait to meet your hubby!



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