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Appreciation Post #1

Updated: May 28, 2021

This morning is beautiful. The wind is gently rustling the multitude of flowering trees, the grass is green, and the sun out but not too intense. I normally move about my morning quickly and purposefully as I routinely walk our family’s dog, drop the kids off at daycare, and grab breakfast, all before heading to my office.


As I was walking towards my office this morning, I noticed painters working on one of the buildings on campus. As I got closer, I saw a contraption under the ladder, a safety wedge to keep the ladder from slipping. I paused to take in the nostalgia and became emotional. You are likely wondering: why did Jonathan become emotional over construction equipment?


Growing up, I was that wedge. Every Saturday morning, my dad would wake me up, bright and early, for chores and yard work. One of the most dubious tasks was cleaning the leaves out of our house’s gutter. My dad would climb up the ladder and my job was to step on the bottom rung of the ladder and keep it stabilized while my dad worked. I didn’t enjoy this job, but, over time, the roles reversed, and I was tasked with being on the top of the ladder as my dad provided me support from the bottom rung.


Today, as you move about, completing those checklist items of life, slow down and take it all in. Appreciate the phases of life and the daily moments. Appreciate the people that guide you each day, especially the people who inspire, motivate, and ground you from a distance. As I think about my father, he is no longer here with me, I question if I thanked him enough for all that he, and my mother, taught me. If that answer is ever that I am lacking in gratitude towards him, I only need to look to my family and children and say thank you.




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A great message to remind yourself to be self-aware and appreciate the little things. Thank you for this Coach Lee.

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EMMIE AMASON
EMMIE AMASON
May 06, 2021

Crazy how a small contraption can represent so much to others! Practicing gratitude builds communities stronger than ever. Love this message.

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DEBBY LEE
DEBBY LEE
May 06, 2021

The strong interpersonal relationships that come from connection and mutual dependency are just as important and equivalent as the concrete results from building and construction! Great metaphor.

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TABITHA CAHAN
TABITHA CAHAN
May 06, 2021

I really enjoyed this. Time to soak in all the little things!

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CINDY WANG
CINDY WANG
May 06, 2021

So inspiring! Crazy to see how the smallest actions can impact others. Can't wait to read more of your blogs.

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