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  • Writer's pictureDr. Lisa Gonzales

A Coffee Break of Inspirational Leadership: Thanks and Progress

It's that holiday time of the year. This Thanksgiving week is one where children jump in cars and travel to see the grandparents, runners and non-runners don their shoes to take on the local Turkey Trot, and many climb into the hills for an early Christmas tree search.

I always try to spend a little time around Thanksgiving for thoughtful introspection and reflection. Am I making decisions that are true to who I am? Am I standing in my truth? Am I telling those who mean a lot to me that they matter and make a difference in my life?

I also think about what brings me joy and, especially this year, I have many who add to my life in immeasurable ways and for whom am I eternally grateful - friends new and old, running teammates, my children, my significant other, and all of those who I keep close. I am a work in progress (and am grateful for that), despite what my children might say. While they refer to me as Merida from "Brave" and I laugh, I do think the roles that we play in the lives of others to mentor and support, nurture and inspire - they all matter.

In light of recent shootings and fires, political turmoil and dropping stock markets, I am grateful for my health and happiness....I hope that you are too.

So this week's blog post here is about giving thanks for being a work in progress, as we all are. Here's more on being just that...its shorter and sweeter than the rest, perfect for the condensed work week and travel time.

* Read it.

This week's article is about being a work in progress and I just love it. Each week I search for the perfect article, and what I love about this one is that it reminds us that we are never quite finished. Not all that we plan goes as such, and our reaction and attitude in a positive light are what strengthens our character and resolve.

Take a look at what Charlie has to say about being a work in progress - read it HERE.

Years ago when I held a seat on the City of San Jose's Arts Commission, Adobe Youth Voices was a program that inspired students throughout our valley. Their program instilled the in so many the confidence to stand tall with the spoken word, This young man reminds me of the many students I supported in the annual Youth Voices competitions.

Check him out - just four short minutes!

* Share it.

Can you print these and share them? Notes to colleagues on key topics like progress, hard work, and survival can make a difference. Print in color on cardstock …. practically free! Here are a few to consider…. and to give frequently. It’s up to us to remind others that struggles happen to all of us, but its about our response to them that makes the difference.

Now go slay yet another week!

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