Thanking those that make a difference

I would like to get into the habit of showing appreciation and gratitude to those that make a positive difference in our community far more often than I do.

I’m working on it.


Back in my old days at the Independence Examiner, I used to work many hours during this Wednesday-Friday Thanksgiving stretch. And during those long hours, I would always hear the familiar tip-tap coming from the typewriter of Dick Puhr.

Dick put in more than 50 years at The Examiner and, for as long as I can remember, he penned an annual “thank you” column around this time of year where he would recognize those that made a difference in the high school sports world.

At some point in my writing career, I started to pick up on that tradition, too. Having the power of the pen is an awesome responsibility and something I have always taken seriously. And having an annual chance to recognize gratitude and thankfulness is something I look forward to each year.

In 2018, I have been extremely thankful for those that are show kindness to my daughter, Addy.

Addy continues to meet new people in this community every week. Growing up in somewhat the public eye (and having written about her regularly for the last eight years) means that, on occasion, people strike up a conversation with Addy at the grocery store, restaurant or anywhere around downtown Lee’s Summit.

She takes it all in stride, too. Whether we are at a downtown cleanup event or one of many meetings I sometimes have to drag her to, the kindness she is shown by friends and even strangers makes my heart happy.

I am infinitely thankful and appreciative of all my clients and businesses I have worked with in 2018. This year my business has certainly experienced a full range of emotions, opportunities, challenges and teachable moments.

There’s no real playbook or how-to guide for running a small business. You learn along the way, celebrate the wins, navigate the losses and put your efforts into building and growing.

Personally, I am thankful for what I have learned through my relationships in 2018 and how I might differently approach that in 2019.

Being thankful in 2018 has also meant listening more — more to family, close friends and business colleagues I hold in high regard.

As I approach my 10th year in Lee’s Summit, this year has certainly given me numerous opportunities to be thankful for the community I live and work in around downtown Lee’s Summit.

I am grateful to sit on such boards of directors as Pro Deo and the Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation — both of which are performing incredibly important services day in and day out in Lee’s Summit. And in this year, I have become extremely thankful for the family and networks we have made at Lee’s Summit Elementary School. There is truly nothing more special than a small, connected, neighborhood school. My appreciation for those teachers and staff is something I feel daily.

Wishing all of you thankful and reflective remainder of 2018.


Editor's Note: John Beaudoin is a Lee's Summit resident and award winning writer and former newspaper publisher in the Lee's Summit community. Views and opinions expressed in his columns do not necessarily reflect those of Link 2 Lee's Summit, it's employees or any other guest contributors.