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Living Thanksgiving Every Day

November 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I’m watching my alma mater, the University of Washington Huskies playing the University of Utah Utes in a wild and exciting game Saturday night. The Huskies down late in the game make an improbable comeback and are in a position to kick a winning field goal with only two seconds left. The kicker has had a tough year and had already missed an extra point and field goal in this game. With victory at stake, he calmly boots the game winner and is mobbed by his teammates.

It dawns on me as we head into Thanksgiving week, that this is a lesson on thanks.

Although true, it’s easy to point to family, friends, and health as things to be thankful for. As I get older, I become increasingly thankful for the journey. The journey includes struggle, resilience, good days, bad days, and mediocre days. The journey includes teammates and opponents and ultimately offers opportunities for redemption and glory. Sometimes we lose the battle as Utah did and sometimes we are victorious. But in all cases we are blessed with another day and opportunity until we won’t be and the journey ends.

Here’s what I’m thankful for: the journey, the struggle, the opportunities, the people, the redemption, the uncertainty and the fun. Honor the struggle and the journey and be thankful you’ve got the opportunity to live and craft your on journey and share it with those you want to.

Thank you for being a part of my journey and for continuing to allow me to be a part of yours.

Quote of the Week:

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, becasue I was a different person back then.”

~ from Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)

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Extra Points: Thanksgiving Special

November 23, 2015 2 comments

I’m thankful for….Capt Jack and Dan

This beginning of a sentence will become ubiquitous over the next week. It will be orally proclaimed at dinner tables and scrawled across Facebook posts in cyberspace.That’s all fine, but I challenge each of you to really examine how you define the word “thankful.” For me, it’s about being grateful for those very important things in life that you often have little to no control over. The 3 categories I highlight this week are relationships, health, and where you live.

I’m thankful for my lovely, talented, and highly patient wife, Barb. When it comes to this most important relationships, I hit the jackpot. Our beautiful daughters Mindy and Kelli have grown into wonderful people and I’m fortunate that I also call them my “friends.” My extended family (which is out of my control) is simply awesome. I’m thankful for each of them. I’m fortunate for the relationships I have with my friends, including Rotary, clients, colleagues, and those people from my youth that remain friends even through years of not seeing each other. I’m very blessed.

I’m thankful for my good health. While I can control a lot that goes into the definition of health, there is much I can’t. I’ve seen friends and family stricken with health issues they had no control of, and I’ve been lucky to avoid those calamities.

Finally, I had no control of where I was born and where I would grow up. Being born in the United States afforded me opportunities (like starting my own consulting practice) without fear of oppression. It allowed me the chance for a great education, food on my plate, a roof over my head, and possessions that for most of the world are unattainable and unbelievable. So many on this planet have no food, no clean water, no shelter, and deal with political strife and war. Again, I count my blessing because there but for the grace of God go I.

If you’re reading this message (and I sincerely thank you for that) then my guess is you’ve got much to be thankful for, too. Take some thoughtful time this week to not only define what “thankful” is to you, but to whom you owe that thanks to…and then tell them.

On behalf of my family, we wish you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving full of daily,  friends, and food (and maybe a little or a lot of football!).

Happy Thanksgiving.

Quote of the Week:
“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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Extra Points ~ Thanksgiving Special

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Thanksgiving Special14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

Yesterday, I spent a beautiful day with family and friends. I enjoyed a fabulous ride on a ferry in to Seattle. I attended the Seahawks game on a crisp, clear late November day in the city. And I capped it off being with my family on a lazy Sunday evening being able to sleep securely and well-fed in my heated home.

This is more normal for me than not, and in fact, the security, food, roof over my head, and money in the bank is a fact of life for me. It’s not the case for many others, even in my community.

This week, I want to accomplish 2 things on my Extra Points

First – to thank all of you for being dutiful readers. I’m blessed to have a great life filled with family, friends, clients, and community. You are a part of that and I offer my sincere gratitude.

Second – to ask that you all remember those around you that are in need. Tonight, my family will deliver two food baskets to our church for those in need. One is from Barb and me, and the other is being offered by my daughters. I am proud of their contribution to those who need help. I hope we can all find just a small way to help others this week.

I wish each and every one of you a joyous and grace-filled Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2013 Leave a comment

My best wishes to all of you for a great day. I hope you enjoy plenty of the four F’s…

Family, friends, food, and football!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jack and Bella

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Extra Points – Being Thankful

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Being Thankful

Last week for Thanksgiving, I posted this message of thanks on my Facebook page. The resulting response was meaningful for me, so I thought I would share it with all of you…

Many of my friends have been posting something they are thankful for each day on Facebook. I’m not that creative. I’m thankful for 7 things. That’s right…7. I’d like to share them with you on this Thanksgiving….

1. I’m thankful for my faith. Life can be challenging with it. Without it, I can’t even imagine.

2. I’m thankful I married up. Big. Meeting my soul mate and spouse at 17 years old an

d being able to share our lives together was a blessing. Having it be her was icing in the cake.

3. The two greatest things in the world to be called are Daddy and Coach. I’ve been called both. The former by the most amazing daughters anyone could ever dream of. Heck, they even called me the latter, but usually with a twinge of sarcasm. I miss them this Thanksgiving.

4. I’m thankful to live in the United States, where I can grow up to be who I want, change my mind, run my own business, and fly the flag outside my house. God Bless the USA.

5. I’m thankful for my health. I watched a moving ESPN program on former baseball player Ben Petrick. Petrick was a rising star when he was stricken with early onset Parkinson’s Disease at age 23. It’s an amazing story of resilience and gives me perspective on my good fortune.

6. I’m thankful for Rotary. For nearly 19 years, Rotary has been the vehicle to join arms with friends and give back by improving the lives of others around the world.

7. “No man is a failure, who has friends.” Clarence Oddbody (guardian angel to George Bailey) – I have an abundance of wonderful friends. Thank you!

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This week’s quote –
“Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.”

 ~Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
P.S. I know this blog has now shown it twice. Sorry. However I don’t think you can overdo a good message:)
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Why I’m Thankful

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Many of my friends have been posting something they are thankful for each day on Facebook. I’m not that creative. I’m thankful for 7 things. That’s right…7. I’d like to share them with you on this Thanksgiving….

1. I’m thankful for my faith. Life can be challenging with it. Without it, I can’t even imagine.

2. I’m thankful I married up. Big. Meeting my soul mate and spouse at 17 years old and being able to share our lives together was a blessing. Having it be her was icing in the cake.

3. The two greatest things in the world to be called are Daddy and Coach. I’ve been called both. The former by the most amazing daughters anyone could ever dream of. Heck, they even called me the latter, but usually with a twinge of sarcasm. I miss them this Thanksgiving.

4. I’m thankful to live in the United States, where I can grow up to be who I want, change my mind, run my own business, and fly the flag outside my house. God Bless the USA.

5. I’m thankful for my health. I watched a moving ESPN program on former baseball player Ben Petrick. Petrick was a rising star when he was stricken with early onset Parkinson’s Disease at age 23. It’s an amazing story of resilience and gives me perspective on my good fortune.

6. I’m thankful for Rotary. For nearly 19 years, Rotary has been the vehicle to join arms with friends and give back by improving the lives of others around the world.

7. “No man is a failure, who has friends.” Clarence Oddbody (guardian angel to George Bailey) – I have an abundance of wonderful friends. Thank you!

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Extra Points – Thanksgiving Special

November 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Special.

What are you thankful for?

This week starts the holiday season in America with a whole bunch of food, football, and family (notice how food and football got the first two spots). But it does give us pause to be thankful for what we have.

It’s been a year full of emotional highs and lows for me. From the death of my father to the re-discovery of my Colombian roots, it has been a wild ride. But for me, there has always been one constant for nearly 30 years.

I hope you’ll allow me to offer this week’s Extra Points to express thanks for the most important person in my life. Barb and I started dating in high school and got married 3 years after graduation. She had no idea what she was getting into! I am thankful not only for her but for her patience, perseverance, and undying support. In a world of high volatility, for me she is my rock.

What, or who are you thankful for? Make sure you show that appreciation this week.

But don’t forget the food and football;)

This week’s quote – “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” Clarence Oddbody, Guardian Angel to George Bailey in “Its a Wonderful Life”

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