Being Grateful

I spoke on the topic of gratitude yesterday.

I think it’s one thing to be able to say thankful things. It’s a whole new level when one is able to live a thankful life. I’m still working on it.

I came up with a little bit of a homework assignment for those who were present (note…some people show up and some people are truly present). The assignment had two parts with an introduction.

I Saw Excellence

I’m a firm believer in the statement: What gets rewarded, gets repeated.

With that being said, I need to tell you a story. A story about excellence. In fact, it is a story about excellent excellence.


Here goes…Once upon a time I had the privilege of hiring an Assistant Director to work alongside me in my role as Director of Campus Life on our campus. I say, privilege, because the person I brought on board was a former student by the name of Kenton.

Kenton was one of our University’s finest student leaders. As he assumed the role of Assistant Director of Campus Life, he quickly demonstrated the of value he brought to the position, to students, and to the campus of his Alma Mater.

The heart of my story takes place this past weekend. Kenton had been working closely with one of our current student leaders – let’s call him, Rob (because that’s his name) on an event that would take two commercial buses full of students down on a shotgun trip to Disneyland (students had earned a free ticket from Disney by helping locally with a Haiti relief effort). The plan (known as Plan A) was to leave campus at 5pm on Friday, drive all night (15 hours), arrive on the doorstep of Disney on Saturday when they opened their gates, play all day at the Happiest Place On Earth, get on the buses at midnight, and drive home, arriving back on campus around 5pm on Sunday. It had all the makings of a great weekend and experience.