“People who uplift you are the best kind of people. You don’t simply keep them.   You have to treasure them.”  - Dodinsky

Like many of you, I work pretty hard. And when I get a compliment, I glow for a moment, and take pride in what I have done. It feels good. I always try to give credit to others who helped me with the specific task, project, or assignment. Yet, I often forget to stop and appreciate all those I’ve encountered on my journey, some no longer alive who helped nurture and encourage my skills and talents, enabling me to grow and develop. There have been parents, teachers, bosses (the good ones), friends, colleagues who helped instill values and principles that helped me along the way.  Individuals who have mentored, coached and taught me valuable life lessons, people lessons, leadership lessons. Those who were there for me when I made mistakes. I owe a lot to them.

These are the patient and kind gardeners who allow me to blossom and bloom, who deserve much of the credit and who I will always treasure.