This is a note I sent out to my team at Bolthouse Farms, and I wanted to share it more broadly….
I just wanted to send out a note before the Thanksgiving holiday this week. This year is unlike all others for me ( and I think for all of us) as we head toward this day of thanksgivingâ€¦.. this year has been so hard, so challenging, so painful, and so long, that I for one am having a hard time being very thankful; itâ€™s in that spirit, not in some â€œhallmark cardâ€ moment, but in the midst of all of our challenges and pain that I share these thoughts and reflections.
Maybe 10-15 years ago I had the chance to see The Dalai Lama live at Canon chapel on the campus of Emory University. The setting matters since it was where Jennie and I were married ( by her Father,) where both Bryson and Marie were baptized and where we attended the funerals for both Jennieâ€™s mom and sisterâ€¦ certainly a sacred space for our family! It was there that the Dalai Lama, with a number of monks, held a â€œserviceâ€ of sorts that included all sorts of Tibetan Buddhist rituals and comments from The Dalai Lama. While I was struck by how â€œcheery and jovialâ€ he was ( often chuckling/laughing) one comment he shared has stuck with me over the yearsâ€¦. that being to â€œalways start with gratitude.â€
He encouraged the crowd to
Â· â€œstart every dayâ€¦â€
Â· â€œstart every mealâ€¦â€
Â· â€œstart every conversationâ€¦â€
Â· â€œstart every walkâ€¦â€
o â€œwith gratitude.â€
I think back to that moment, so many years ago and find strength and inspiration thinking about this note today. In the midst of rising covid cases and so many challenges facing our world, I am very thankful for my family, my sweet Jennie and our two wonderful kids, Bryson and Marie. I am thankful to have the chance to work at Bolthouse Farms, and to work in a business that is trying hard to find ways to get more fruits and vegetables (go carrots!!) on familyâ€™s tables, and to work with a team of hardworking â€œBolthouse Peopleâ€ that care so much and are so committed to our mission. I am thankful to be healthy and capable to find ways to try to make tomorrow a bit better than yesterdayâ€¦. and the list literally could go on for paragraphsâ€¦.. I am actually thankful for so much!!
I wish all of you a very happy, healthy, safe and â€œgratefulâ€ thanksgiving holiday and I do sincerely hope that you can enjoy some well deserved time off this week with your family and friends as safely as possible!