In the spirit of Thanksgiving, its hard to know just where to begin? There is so much to be thankful for this holiday season. However, I’m going to do my best.
1) Thankful for God’s strength and guidance in my life. Without Him, I would have no hope.
2) Thankful for my wife, Valerie. She makes our house a home. She is not only a blessing to me, but to so many others as well. A truly self-less person. Love you, Val Burrell!
3) Thankful for two great kids! Zachary and Aynsley. Both are better people than I could have ever dreamed or imagined. Both have a very bright futures ahead of them. Can’t wait to see what impact their life will have on others in the years to come.
4) Thankful for a great dad and mom who loved us unconditionally. The example they lived in front of us helped shaped who I am today. Your commitment to marriage and each other for the past 55 years…well done, dad and mom. Thank you!
5) Thankful for an older sister that I have seen grow as a person, and to watch she and her husband become a great parents.
6) Thankful for loving in-laws who exemplifies what a commitment to family and marriage is all about. Happy 64 years of marriage!
7) Thankful for my employer, the Chicago White Sox. Could’t think of a better place to work. Thankful for a great owner who cares about his employees, and for those who lead our scouting department. Thank you!
8) Thankful for my years getting to lead my impact athlete small groups. To invest and mentor these young athletes during the winter time has been priceless over the years. These athletes have inspired me and challenged me to lead with integrity of heart. To see what these young athletes have gone on to accomplish in life has been very rewarding,
9) Thankful for my men’s impact small group. Leading these outstanding men who model character and integrity is an honor. Getting to invest in these guys weekly, and watching them grow in their leadership skills is worth every minute of it. Keep “Being and Building” gentleman. Thanks!
10) Thankful for some solid men and mentors who have strategically invested in my life through the years, and who have believed in me while growing up. Dale Burrell, Mike Linch, Ike Reighard, and Ken Adams – Thank you!!!
11) Thankful for some quality friends in baseball. Thank you for being there for me. I’m grateful to call you my friends. You know who you are. Thank you!
I hope each and every one of you and your families have a great Thanksgiving Day!
Next s2s leadership blog will be on Monday December 2nd.