A Debt of Gratitude To Many

Dear friends,

I have 15 minutes to write this post. Fifteen minutes to try and express my gratitude for little things you have said or done that were much bigger than you might have realized.

This post isn’t easy to write because I know that I will forget to include someone on it. It isn’t easy because of the time constraint but I hope you will understand and appreciate that I feel the need to get this out now because it is important to me.

I hope you will understand that I know that I am a prickly sort of fellow and that I step on toes with reckless abandon. I am not asking for forgiveness or begging for accolades. I am just trying to say that some of you have made a difference and that I appreciate it.

It is the little moments in life that add up and it is the unexpected moments that make those minutes more meaningful. Sometimes the greatest impact is made by that small thing. If you are on this list it is because something you said or did pricked the bubble I walk around in and warmed the cockles of my heart.

Which reminds me to share with you that if my paternal grandfather were here you couldn’t say cockles without him launching into a rendition of Molly Malone. He’d tell you that Steiner’s don’t sing good, but we sing loud.

Also, please don’t pay any attention to the order of the list because it will only hurt your feelings. You know that I intentionally put you next to someone you hate, listed you below someone who is a jerk or above the blogosphere’s biggest putz. Really, go sail Wawassee or hang out in Cleveland and let the burning river warm your heart.

In all sincerity, thank you. You did something to be listed and you made a difference at some point in the time. Some times we all need to give someone a hand up. What can I tell you, even old ladies who cause trouble deserve recognition. 😉

  • Bill
  • Stan
  • Kaarina
  • Jayme
  • Gini
  • Mark
  • Jessica
  • Danny
  • Craig
  • Margie
  • CP
  • Lori
  • Claudia
  • Bell
  • Gina
  • Bruce
  • Elena
  • Jens
  • Adrienne

I promise a real blog post later tonight. Got to run play dad at a school function first. In the interim you could always read one of these:

Again, it is an incomplete list but I’d rather try and fail than not try at all. See you all soon.

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  1. tabulyogang March 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Aw. Reading your post even though im not one of those people haha is heartwarming 😀

  2. Hajra March 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I am there in the list!

    Aww… thank you! 🙂 I am honored! It is 12 mid night here and I am going to bed with the biggest and the silliest grin tonight! 😉

  3. Kaarina Dillabough March 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I.love.you:) Thanks Jack. Your posts make me think, smile, scratch my head in puzzlement, laugh, well up and simply make my day. And you made my day by including me on your list. I’m honoured. Gratefully, Kaarina Oh yes, and Cheers!

    • Jack March 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm


      You are a Taurus which automatically puts you ahead of most people, sorry, I am biased. 😉

      Hope you are having a great weekend.

  4. Janet Callaway March 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, Jack! You always talk about your faithful 17 readers and since you have 21 of us on the list, you have picked up 4 more. What a HUGE percentage increase.

    Thanks so much for including me on the list, Jack, because I love knowing that something I did/said pricked your bubble and/or warmed the cockles of your heart. You have warmed my cockles many times.

    Jack, if you hae not done so, do visit my blog and watch the 6 minute video on my post “Everyday Leadership and Lollipop Moments” because it is a perfect tie in with this post.

    Thanks so much for including me, Jack. #YouMatter to me. Aloha. Janet

    • Jack March 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Janet,

      Well Triberr has been a wonderful tool/resource and I am grateful for having met you and so many other good people.

      Off to see that video you mentioned now.

  5. Craig McBreen March 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Jack,

    “It is the little moments in life that add up and it is the unexpected moments that make those minutes more meaningful.”
    –So agree with that 🙂

    Thank you, Jack! I’d like to raise a toast to you as well, but I’m saving that for when I get home this afternoon, then it’s Happy Hour. 🙂

    Hope you have a great weekend, Sir!

  6. Stan Faryna March 2, 2012 at 2:17 am

    When I listen to Gogol Bordello’s song, Undestructable, I lift my Starbuck’s size mug of whiskey and toast you, Jack.

  7. margie clayman ( March 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Well shux, Jack. Thanks to YOU!! 🙂

  8. Gina March 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    🙂 You are something else.

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