I received an unexpected blessing today when a young woman cashier at a bakery called me “mom” and said, “And you are mom because you paved the way for young (African-American) women like me. Thank you.” I was blown away and humbled by her lovely sentiment, the graciousness and self-awareness she displayed and the simple, yet profound gratitude she showed to a complete stranger.
I am reminded of another young man (ok , young to me) who told me he got where he is because of the elderly folks on the job who showed him “where the sand traps were”; how to network before he even had a title, who to befriend and when to suck it up.
Looking at political races and business mega-giants today you’d think true gratitude went out of style. Everyone claims to be “self-made”. All I had to start with was the 10 million my daddy left me….
But I don’t believe you ever become truly great without it. Continue reading “Gratitude – Humility that makes you Great”