November Gratitude Day 1

Sober October has come to a close. I learned a lot about myself and my weaknesses and built upon those. I dad taxed my kids Halloween candy last night as a bit of celebration. I am going to continue my sugar abstinence for the month. However, instead of withholding from something for a month, I’m going to try something new. I’m going to add something good instead. I am going to eat vegetables with every meal. Keri has told me this is a key to a sustainable healthy diet. So adding in vegetables to every meal is my November challenge.

For the month of November, I am also heeding the guidance of my mentor Vance Crowe and writing a note of gratitude to someone each day. Now I’m not sure I’m going to make each one of these public as some of them are quite personal and sacred.

Today’s is of that personal and sacred nature… actually it is the most personal and sacred. However, I do feel like I am able to share it publicly because I’m sure it will come as no shock to anyone. Today I would like to express grattitude to and for my wife.

Keri brings such a harmony to our chaotic lives. All it took was 2 days of her away from the family for me to realize how much she truly contributes. I hate to say I take it for granted, but I definitely do. All she does behind the scenes for our family to function at a high level is simply incredible.

We have had many talks about her contribution to the family. That it is definitely a sacrifice to be a single income family. Keri has a professional degree that has enormous earning potential. But instead we chose for her to put a career on hold a bit to have her primary focus be our home. I am SO thankful for this decision. I’m thankful that each of us are on the same page to make this a reality.

Keri to our family is like what Ozzie Smith was to the Cardinals baseball teams of the 80s and 90s. Ozzie was once quoted saying “I may not drive in 100 runs a year, but I can prevent 100 runs from scoring against us.” This is exactly how I feel about Keri and her contribution to our family. Although her role may not be as noticeable to some, it is absolutely vital… and in some ways the most important role in the entire family.

This year, after years of sacrifice, Keri is now contributing with income to the family through our yoga business. I’m so thankful for her and the peace she brings to our home.

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