“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” Max de Pree

Here we are with much going on around us. Fires, floods, earthquakes, and shootings. How about the firefighters, police, military, nurses, doctors, paramedics, teachers, veterans, and the volunteers? The mental health professionals that try to help with the trauma that happens to a person that experiences such tragedy. Or teachers that are on the front line with thirty-five students that need to understand and be understood, that need to learn.

All those that are in an industry of loving service need to be thanked. The type of thank you that goes deep because how real it is. I had a friend of a friend over for dinner one Friday night. He had been a seventh grade teacher for twenty-five years. He takes a moment for each person that comes toward him with a heart that wants to help. I asked him when he would retire and he said “Never” he could not imagine being away from his students or job. I thanked him for his service and meant it.

Our country and world needs people with a heart that cares that can give of themselves to genuinely help others. I am very grateful that he is a teacher, I do not have it in me to do his job, I would be looking at the clock all day. I do not have the patience, thank god for him. I could not be in service with any of the jobs I mentioned. I am so grateful and thankful for those who serve.

This is a thank you note to them.

This is a cry out to all that hear or have a need to thank others in service. It is easy to thank the nurse in care of your family member. How about thanking a nurse nonetheless? How about the police that pulls you over for speeding? He could be the same person that shows up when you are in dire need. The police person needs to be thanked. If we want good people to show up and help, let us all be grateful now, let us all be thankful before the need arises. Weather it affects us at that moment directly, these good hard working folks affect us daily. I suppose that is paying it forward. Let’s all pay it forward! A collective Thank You!

My Mantra: “A moment of gratitude can cause a beautiful shift”

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Katie L Lindley

Although I would like to say I am organized, focused and cookie-cutter, that simply would not be me. I am no different than any other woman in the world. I love to love, love hard, and, in the end, have learned to love myself above all else. So here I am, writing about the many men and the multiple purposes they have served in my life. Realizing that not one man on my roster had fulfilled every single one of my needs. Perhaps one man is not supposed to? I have compiled snippets of the men that have entered my world. In the end, they have shoved me towards my bathroom mirror, forcing me to take a better look at myself. Reflection is brilliant and the strongest guidepost into ourselves.

Working on the next book in the series “A House for Every Purpose, My Journey From Pillow to Pillow” revels a woman abandoning her home in search or her identity beyond men, motherhood, author.

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