Gratitude is a big word and stands on the precipice of overuse at the moment. I’m always wary of such popular words because it reminds me of a former colleague who was a flavor-of-the-month buzzword type. Have you ever met one? One month, vulnerability. The next, birth order, transparency, and on and on. It never really served him well. For example, I remember being corned once by an employee who had interviewed with this guy. “You have to talk to him,” he appealed. It seems that during his interview Mr. Buzzword had asked about this gentleman’s parent, a parent who had abused this guy as a kid. After that little adventure I characterize myself as ‘duly schooled’ on the risks of trendy-word overuse. Gratitude. Continue reading
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