Posted on Nov 23, 2010
John M Grau
In past years around this time, I have asked the NECA staff to reveal their Christmas wish lists or New Year’s resolutions. This year I decided to ask them what they are thankful for. I did this after reading a newspaper article that claims giving thanks is good for you.
It stated that a growing body of research suggests that maintaining an attitude of gratitude can improve psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. Adults who frequently feel gratitude have more energy, more optimism, and more social connections and are less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy or alcoholics. They earn more money, exercise more regularly, and sleep more soundly.
So here are some thoughts from our energetic, emotionally stable staff. (Mike Thompson, Dan Walter and Geary Higgins didn’t offer anything, which makes me wonder if they’re sleeping okay.)
Government Affairs Executive Director Lake Coulson is thankful for a wife and three daughters, health that affords him the benefit of running marathons, temporary relief from FASB, and those who put their life on the line by protecting our great country. (Many of us have similar thoughts except for the marathon part.)
Convention Director Beth Ellis is thankful for her convention team and the successful meeting in Boston this year.
PR Director Beth Margulies is grateful for the enthusiasm of the NECA Women’s Peer Group and for leaders Tricia Ferry and Rachel Barber who convinced dad, Rex, to support this initiative. (And all along I thought it was Rex’s idea.)
Western Region Executive Director Bill Kuhr is thankful for the diligent and intrepid people in our organization. (I looked up the definition of intrepid. It’s, “characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude and endurance.”)
Midwestern Region Executive Director Drew Gibson appreciates the challenge of integrating 75 market recovery plans in his region into two plans that assure the viability of NECA members recovering lost markets. (Good luck, Drew.)
Mike Johnston, Executive Director for Codes and Standards, is glad the 2011 NEC was approved and published this year. Mike said that persons and property can now rest easier with these new and revised safety requirements.
Recovering Southern Region Executive Director David Roberts offers a bit of advice with his gratitude. He says he’s thankful for flu shots but suggests that it is much smarter to take the shot before a bout with the flu.
I’ll jump in by expressing my gratitude for family, friends, co-workers, and NECA members. Most of all, I’m thankful for the future. American is a forward-looking nation, and NECA is a forward-looking organization. Knowing that we can do better, and certain that the future will be even better than today, is what makes us great. And grateful.