1. Thoughts from the Zeitgeist

Still Grateful

Last summer, when we were experiencing our busiest June ever, I wrote about reminding myself to be grateful. I have been intentional about this; counting my blessings wards off the twin evils of anxiety and entitlement.

Now that Americans find ourselves in the season of gratitude, which began last month in Canada, I thought I’d share some of the things I am thankful for. In no particular order…

  • The 1000+ new employees who made the choice to join Freeman this year…
  • And all my loyal colleagues, including more than 90% of furloughed workers, who rejoined us at Freeman and hit the ground running at full speed.
  • Comfortable shoes.
  • The opportunity to visit with our team in local offices as part of our Freeman Exchange.
  • A leadership team and Board of Directors committed to honoring our COP27 obligations.
  • Those who trust me and care enough to give me the guidance and constructive input that others won’t.
  • Sarah. Always.
  • Customers, supplier partners, venue operators and union members who have embraced a return to live-and-in-person events.
  • Recognition and awards for what we’re doing right, and how that reveals areas that still need work while encouraging forward progress.  
  • Being part of a culture-driven organization, and how it makes everything worthwhile.
  • Seeing my daughters jump back into their lives as college students and young professionals.
  • Holding our first in-person leadership conference since 2019 and basking in the music of our home-grown garage band.
  • People around me who care about things that matter.
  • My dogs; everyone’s dogs. They are joy machines.
  • Whatever comes next and the confidence that we can handle it.

This is only part of an embarrassingly long list. In the coming week, I will gather with family and share a Thanksgiving feast at which we will express our gratitude for each other.

What are you grateful for? I’d like to read your posts.

And, by the way, thanks for reading.

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