July 22 – U

363/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me.  Wow, only 3 more gratitude posts left including this one!!  When I started this journey a year ago, I was a little nervous as to if I would have 365 people to thank.  I didn’t want it to come down to posts such as thanking my mailman for the flyers he delivers in that they were the ones that led me on to some awesome deal!! ; )  Early on in these posts, I started hearing from friends that so and so had made “the list”.  I didn’t understand what that was until I was told that it was my “gratitude list”.  That put some pressure on me to say the least as there was now a “list”.  I didn’t want it to be a list and I didn’t want it to be some type of contest.  Then I heard that some people mentioned they were in the 80s and others were in the 200s!  I do have to make it clear that I haven’t had an order as to who I thank and thus whatever number gratitude post it was has no relation to ranking.  Most posts are the night before or a couple of days before.  Yes, I saved my dad for his birthday as I did with my children for theirs, my mom was first because well she is my mom but save for them and the final two gratitude posts, no one had a day or a number.  The list by the end of Sunday is far from complete.  I could thank another 365 people who got me to where I am today and this is what today’s gratitude post is about – to all of the people I didn’t name and there are hundreds of you that have impacted me!  So many former students, co-workers past and present, family members, inlaws, bosses, professors, fellow students, random strangers, neighbours past and present, friends, backhanded gratitudees (bullies and the like), service providers, celebrities etc, etc – just so many people who have made me who I am and to all of you un-named in this past year, you are part of this gratitude journey just because you were not personally mentioned here doesn’t mean you weren’t recognized by me.  To all the new people that will come in to my life, thanking you in advance as some of you will change and influence me in new ways.  Thank you to all of you who came along with me on this 365 day journey as well.  Your encouragement and support has gotten me to this end point.

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January 3 – the gatekeeper

163/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me. The gatekeeper! You know who that is right? That’s the secretary/reception/admin assistant who works at the front area of your organization. It’s so true that they can make your work life amazing or a living hell. They allow all the vital info in to you and keep out stuff that you don’t need to be bothered with. However, if they aren’t too fond of you, then they don’t allow all the vital info in to you and let the stuff you don’t need flow to you : ) I’ve had many awesome gatekeepers that I have worked with although there have been a couple that have tested my patience and I’m sure I’ve tested theirs. Linda M is the one admin assistant that I will always remember with fondness. I believe I started working at the same time or just shortly after she was at Burnett. Being that talkative, friendly and over the top personality, it was pretty hard for her to ignore me. However, I think we had similar personalities and enjoyed each other’s company. We also got to know each other better through staff socials which I believe are so important to have all in the organization included. Linda and I went to several of the same functions and had a lot of fun and really got to know what everyone was like once they were away from the school world – some at venues downtown and others at people’s homes. Let’s just say that I got a nickname – Mr Sangria – which was well deserved. Linda and I also bonded over our like/dislike of Mariah Carey! Can you guess who was who? 😉 I actually counted the number of years we worked together jokingly through Mariah Carey album releases! I appreciated Linda’s frankness and honesty as she told you like it was. I also loved her no-nonsense attitude and great sense of humour – I looked forward to my morning walk through the office and my requisite stop at her desk to chat (which also happened several times throughout the day LOL). Oh the stories we shared! Thank you Linda for making my first years and subsequent years of teaching so fun. It was great hanging with you – hopefully we get the opportunity to work together again sometime. If not, then definitely hanging when we both are fully retired!! Miss you friend! I raise a kahlua spiked coffee in your honour 😉