Much to be Grateful For

by Jeremy on December 9, 2011

It has been over 2 months since I posted to the blog.  Needless to say, I am long overdue!  I think I do have a good excuse.  Things have been really busy at Camp Atayne, and that’s a good thing!

I recently read a blog by Judith Samuelson, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program and it gave me the inspiration for this post. Samuelson references Robert A. Emmons, of the University of California, Davis and his research partner, Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami.  Emmons and McCullough suggest a regular habit of listing five things for which you are grateful. The results of their research “suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.”

There is no better time than now to list some of the many things for which I am grateful.

  1. I am grateful that everyone at Camp Atayne is buzzing around with plenty to do.  Yes, we wish we had more time to run, bike, hike and play.  However, being busy is a good thing.  I always tell people that if I were not busy, I would be concerned.
  2. I am grateful that we continued a great partnership with Freedom’s Run in 2011.  This race is organized by a fantastic group of people in the Shepherdstown/Martinsburg, WV area.  If you have not run this race yet (or even if you have), I would put it on your consideration set for 2012.
  3. I am grateful that we started new partnerships with some great events in 2011 including:  The Vermont 100, The Dempsey Challenge, The Loon Echo Trek, Fight Back Festival, Virgil Crest Ultras, Catharine Valley Half, and the Newburyport Half Marathon.  I am equally grateful that we have some great new partners for 2012: Mid Winter Classic, Old Port Half Marathon, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Great Lakes Endurance, and Tri for a Cure.
  4. I am grateful that every day I get to wake up and build a company that is making a positive impact on the world.
  5. Finally, I am grateful for all the Atayners who continue to support us.  It has been a tough adventure over the last four and a half years; however, I would not trade it for anything.

I hope everyone takes the time to enjoy the end of 2011 and spends at least a few minutes thinking about all the things you are grateful for (even better, try to make it a daily practice).

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