- My dad: George S. Miller, Army, Vietnam
- My brother Benjamin J. Sherman, Air Force
- My father-in-law: Warner B. Poppleton, Navy
- My friend: Rod Morgan, Army, Korea
- My friend and colleague: Jason Williams, National Guard, Iraq
- My neighbors:
- Josh Grace, WWII
- Ron Smith, WWII
- Lamar Cox, Vietnam
- Col. Matt Price, National Guard (Iraq 2x)
- My former neighbors:
- David Bertele, Marines
- Phillip Bertele, National Guard (?)
- My ancestor: General William Tecumsah Sherman (Civil War)
- Numerous clients I can't name due to confidentiality.
And I'm thankful for the many, many, many more veterans I don't know.
Thank you all!!!
About this ongoing post...
Appreciation and gratitude cover a lot of ground. In my life and in my work gratitude and appreciation help develop self-mastery, transform marriages, reduce stress, improve parenting, increase happiness and develop a sense of well-being.
Our friend and neighbor, Rachelle Upwall, recommended listing one thing a day we were grateful for as a prelude to Thanksgiving. Great idea!
Today, Nov 9th, #9: I am grateful for incredibly silly and brilliant people who have dedicated their lives to making people laugh. What a great thing. One person in particular I'm grateful for is John Cleese and the Monty Python crew. I submit for your viewing pleasure The Minisitry of Silly Walks sketch:
Nov 8th, #8: I am grateful for THE best chicken pot pie on the planet! OMY! (oh my yum!) Surrounded by my awesome family and our dear friend.
Nov 7th, #7: I am grateful for the inspired, creative author who penned the words below that centuries later still stir my soul and remind me to be at peace. I am grateful for the skilled composer who created the melody that so perfectly was used to convey the words. I am grateful for the talented singers who bring it all to life.
Hymn: Be Still, My Soul
Author: Written by Katharina von Schlegel in 1752
Tune: The Finlandia Hymn, composed by Jean Sibelius in 1899 and 1900
Singers: Libera Boys Choir
Be still my soul - the Lord is on thy side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to thy God to order and provide;
in every change - he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul - thy best thy heavenly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still my soul - when dearest friends depart,
and all is darkened in the vale of tears,
then shalt thou better know his love - his heart,
who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul - the waves and winds still know
his voice who ruled them - while he dwelt below.
Be still my soul the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord,
when disappointment - grief and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot - love's purest joys restored,.
Be still my soul - when change and tears are past,
all safe and blessed - we shall meet at last.
Nov 6th, #6: I am grateful for a lawn to mow and a home to live in.
Nov 5th, #5: I am thankful today for opportunities. What kind? You name it: Opportunities... afforded by living in a free country; to work; to learn from mistakes; to learn from intelligent, compassionate and wise people; to better myself; to provide for my family—both their physical and emotional needs; to serve; to be served; to stand up for others; to be kind; to practice my faith; to learn from other faiths; and many more.
Nov 4th, #4: I am grateful today for my courageous clients: The odds-defiers, the chain-breakers, the marriage transformers, the destiny creators. These brave and wise souls take full ownership of their lives and reject the shackles of history, ignorance, despair and habit. I am grateful that I am inspired daily by these dear people who let me into their lives and witness such beautiful and powerful change.
Nov 3rd, #3: I am thankful for my Treasures (Adam, Emily, Molly and Matthew).
Nov 2nd, #2: "Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy" clip. Funny and so true.
Nov 1st, #1: Since my wife is 1st I'll start there. To my wife, Kara, this morning I wrote on her Facebook wall: "I was just looking at pictures you've posted here of our family... having a 'moment'... and loving you so much for the family you've made for me. I love you and our kids forever."