The Inspiration of Gratitude

There are few things as inspiring as being reminded about the goodness of others.

With the closing of nominations for Tampa Bay area changemakers, I was taken aback by the number of nominations received and the amazing stories of everyday people making a difference in our community.

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day to day life and focus on internal issues and internal priorities.  In reviewing the list of nominees – our selection of top five finalists will be announced very soon – I was reminded the spirit of giving and the magnificence of gratitude are not found in looking in but rather in reaching out.

I hope that as you review the list of finalists for the Epic Thanks Tampa Bay 2010 Changemaker, you feel as inspired as I did and you do your part to help make a difference in our community.  Tell your friends about Epic Thanks Tampa Bay, encourage them to vote for one of our five finalists, and invite them to attend our event on November 19.  If your situation allows, consider making a donation or better yet becoming a sponsor of the event.

There are so many things for which I am thankful, and I am especially grateful for the many women and men who give of themselves daily to help others and, unbeknownst to them, inspire me to do my part.  I hope they inspire you as well.

Thank you.

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