Wow. So many choices. Very tough.
Then I started thinking……….people who think A LOT about what they are thankful for………..are smart people. Very smart.
So I made my choice……..but I’ll leave you in a bit of suspense as you think of yours. Not who you think you SHOULD say! No. Who are YOU at your core, when no one is around and looking, MOST thankful for.
And I’ll tell you the way I came up with my choices………..It’s an UNWAVERING SUPPORT that makes me feel a way that is different than others make me feel. A support so unique that it’s refreshing and liberating all in one. And when I compare most people in my life to my top 5, it’s easy to see the difference in the support.
So there are like 4 people tied for number 5. They didn’t make the top 4 so they don’t get a mention, but I appreciate them.
Number 4 is Stephen Luigi Piazza who we lost much too soon. His support of me created a confidence inside that I can’t ever thank him enough for. His genius was trusting people and pushing them to become great by letting them know he truly believed in what they could accomplish. Luigi was a true genius with the most unique leadership style I ever encountered.
Tied for 2 and 3 are my Mom and Dad. I know it’s cliché to say “mom and dad” but they were super supportive of everything I ever wanted to do. Everything. With no exceptions. Heck they basically let me run the house starting when I was 9. I made the rules, my dad put me in charge of a bunch of stuff, and I was very outspoken about how things should be done. No surprise there. They had tremendous confidence in my ability to make decisions. I was the only one of my friends in high school with no curfew. I know my dad’s thought process was “if I trust him with these types of decisions, he will do the right thing”. And he was right.
Then I started thinking that if you give people unwavering support, that might be the best thing you can give someone. Is it that simple? It just might be.
And then I started thinking about how I should cut people out of my day to day that are not on the “unwavering support” program. I mean why am I even talking to these people. In a lot of ways they take the “sharpness” off the edge that makes you great. Think about that analogy for a while. Who is dulling your sharpness? Ok, let’s move on………….
Then I started thinking of how thankful I am for my wife. Without a doubt she is numero uno. And not just because Andrea is an A+ in every way. It’s an unwavering support that makes me feel a way that is different than I have before. Andrea has a way of trusting and believing in what her and I are doing, that makes me feel a certain power of togetherness. It’s like a magical gift. Never really seen it before.
That’s it. Something to make you think on a day to be thankful.
Give people unwavering support. And Happy Thanksgiving.