Gratitude Stories: Dan’s 60th Birthday
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
– William Arthur Ward
Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.
We are delighted to introduce Kelsey and her father-in-law Dan for this week’s Gratitude Story. Kelsey reached out to us to help make this milestone birthday something special and that that’s exactly what happened.
Why did you decide to give this person a Tribute?
Kelsey (Daughter-in-law): Because he has made such an impact on so many different people and everyone deserves to hear how much they have enriched the lives of those around them.
What is your favorite thing about this person?
Kelsey: He marches to the beat of his own drum and never apologizes for it. He is one of the most hardworking, loyal, and driven people I have ever known.
What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)
Kelsey: He was visiting Chicago (where we live) to celebrate his 60th for a fun filled weekend. We had gathered over 25 video submissions that made an hour long video. We gathered together over food and drinks to unveil the video we had secretly been working on…
What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?
Kelsey: The reaction was extremely emotional. We watched with family members and everyone experienced a full range of emotion while listening to the videos. There were tears, laughter, and several common themes that every person touched on when speaking about Dan. It was amazing to watch Dan react as he heard people say things they admired in him that they had never actually said to him before.
How did this make you personally feel?
Kelsey: I think we sometimes forget how impactful words and kindness can truly be to someone. And hearing everyone share the love and admiration they have for Dan made everyone, including myself, feel even luckier to have him in my life.
Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.
Kelsey: He said it was the most special gift he had ever received and made his milestone birthday extremely special. He said the kind words and memories meant more than we will ever know. And he said if he is ever having a bad day he is going to watch this video and remember all the people who love him.
As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.