Saturday, November 1, 2014

#FeelingGrateful by Kathie Stoeckle Gautille


Kathie Stoeckle-Gautille has worked as a strong, dynamic StrengthsFinder Coach for the past three years. She is a proven servant leader in leadership, marketing and sales/development in the corporate and nonprofit businesses, with excellent organizational ability.
Kathie’s passion for her work enables her to be a results driven asset in team building in the civic, corporate, academic, nonprofit and faith-based environments. As an engaging public speaker, she empowers individuals and organizations with tools and strategies that enable them to soar with their strengths.

Her specialties include: team building, strength coaching for individuals & groups.
You can read more about Kathie at kathielassosthemoon.blogspot.com  and her work on LinkedIn. 

Here are a few reasons why Kathie is #Feeling Grateful.


November is a great time to reflect on not only that past year, but throughout my lifetime of grateful blessings. I appreciate being able to share my heart on the many ways I have been blessed and the gratitude I have for these blessings.


  1. I’ll never stop being grateful for the freedoms we have in America.

I am able to speak out against ideas and policies I don’t agree with, as well as stand on a soapbox and speak out about subjects that matter to me. I find my loudest voice is in the voting booth—so I always vote.
I am able to practice my faith openly without fear of persecution or death.


I have the right to defend myself when threatened.


We have the best justice system in the world. Rather than a burden, I feel grateful that I have had the honor and privilege to serve on a jury to see justice in action.


I grateful that I received an outstanding education. There are many women throughout the world, who do not have the freedom and can only dream of the opportunity to go to school.


I am grateful and truly love being an American.


2.  My favorite way to say thank you is by doing it personally to those around me—every single day for everything. I also love to hand write thank you notes.

I especially like to thank those who at times may seem invisible to others. I will see a cleaning staff cleaning the windows or mopping the floors or changing the light bulbs in office buildings and churches, etc. and I always ask them, “How’s it going?” Then I say, “Boy the church/office building always looks so nice, I really appreciate the great job you do in keeping the facilities so clean and functioning well. It is greatly appreciated.”


3.  The best thank you I've received was getting—ok there are two.
The first was a voice mail message from a man I worked with for about 4 years — this message came after I resigned and left my job.

He left me a voice mail in the evening of my last day at work. I kept that voice mail for over two years (until I changed phone providers and lost it)—it reminded me of the beautiful quote from the Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” when Clarence the Angel said to George, “Strange, isn't it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?”

This gentleman that called said, “I am so sad to see you leave. It ddidn'tmatter how busy you were or how early you were at work or how late you were working, you always took time to ask about my family, my health, how work was going. You made a difference every day. We all love you and wish you would come back. But I called most of all to thank you for being so kind.”
This voice mail message was from the building custodian! It brought an overwhelming swell in my heart that putting it into words how I felt won’t do it justice.


I mentioned that I have two thank yous…really, there are four…at one time throughout my children’s lives, in their own very special way (and I mean special—significant-I would love to share, because they each were unique, but there is not enough space I fear!) each of our kids said thank you for boundaries we set, for always being their best cheerleader, for supporting them during struggles they were having and during the happy times in their lives…loving them unconditionally. I know as a mom, I didn't think my kids would ever truly appreciate all that we did as parents—but I was very wrong. Much like the Grinch—with the birth of every one of our kids my heart grew. It was not easy being strict parents—going against the tide. But the pay off was not only the recognition from our kids, but more important is seeing the wonderful, loving, caring people they have become.


4.  When I was a kid, I didn't realize how grateful I should have been for my faith.

When the world changed around me there was one constant—God. I was really blessed to grow up in a very faith-filled Catholic home. Christ has seen me through the sunshine and horrific storms of my life. As a kid, my parents and the “half dozen” (6 siblings) went to Mass every Sunday without fail, and we went to Reconciliation once a month whether we needed to or not—my mom and dad would load us up in the station wagon and we would fill a pew. I know I just went through the motions then— but then I became a young adult, and I drew upon my faith more and more to the point, I am not sure I know where I would be if I didn’t have God to turn to,  or have God to rest with in my heart and soul. I feel very grateful and blessed to see God in my life every day.


5. (BONUS) The attitude of gratitude helps me to truly appreciate the little things in life. It really allows me to let those I love and those I don’t really know that they are making a difference. 

And I believe it is true what Mother Teresa said about making a difference:


"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

This is Day 1 of the 30-Day "Feeling Grateful" Blog Series on Grow Forward & Flourish. My heart is full of gratitude because of those who have raised their hands like Kathie and said YES! I'll be a part of encouraging others to embrace the power of gratitude in their everyday lives.

For those of you who haven't yet raised your hand to be a part of this series, what are you waiting on? I'm sure you have many reasons to feel grateful for the good that is happening in your life. You can be a blessing in the lives of others by sharing a few reasons why you are "feeling grateful." Your participation will be meaningful to the thousands of readers that visit this site each week and it enables you to help make a difference in the lives of others.

Submissions for the "Feeling Grateful" Blog Series will be taken up until November 9th, 2014. You can find out about submission guidelines in this article,  Get Into the Thanksgiving Spirit: Be a Part of the "Feeling Grateful" Blog Series

If you know someone who might be interested in participating, please share this post with them. I would appreciate it.

Join the conversation on Twitter @Coach_JackieB and share why you are feeling grateful with the hashtag #FeelingGrateful.

Grateful Heart







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