So I was at a funeral this past weekend. I was one of the speakers and, in advance, I sought some counsel from a wise friend because I was struggling. I wasn’t feeling particularly hopeful, certainly not enlightened, and most definitely not grateful. I bring this up because we’re approaching Thanksgiving, and gratitude is especially important this year because we all have lost so much. I needed to get back in touch with my own gratitude. My friend helped. She suggested,
Be the things you love most about the people you miss.
I keep saying this to myself, and it keeps hitting me. Yes. I can do that. I can be inviting, welcoming. I can be justice-oriented. I can be fiercely loyal to the people and values I hold close. I can tell the people around me how much I appreciate them.
What do you want to “be” as you walk out your own gratitude?
May your Thanksgiving and the holiday season ahead be blessed with gratitude you claim for yourself and your family! Hope and optimism for a better tomorrow.
See you in the trenches.
FDA authorizes Pfizer and Moderna boosters for adults. Qualified people are eligible 6 months after their 2nd shot. My personal experience: as soon as I read this, I jumped on the Walgreens website to get scheduled. Walgreens only offered me one date – couldn’t schedule any date but December 6. Doesn’t work for me. So I jumped on the CVS site; lots of date options at a variety of locations, but none of the potential locations on any of my requested dates had available appointments. Hmm… I guess I will have to keep trying.
Speaking to Minnesota’s worst 7-day case rate in the country as of a week ago, Gov. Tim Walz won’t declare COVID emergency. ‘Just get vaccinated!’ And for those already vaccinated, get a booster shot when your time comes.
Public Affairs Issue Forums: one final forum to finish out the year:
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Holiday Events ahead in St. Paul!
You’re not uncool. Making friends as an adult is just hard.
Your Chamber’s annual Holiday Open House is back December 9 – with a special twist to thank businesses for their years of partnership. We look forward to seeing you there!
Showing gratitude toward your employees isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s also important for retention. A study by Workhuman found companies that gave their employees five moments of recognition per year reduced voluntary turnover by 22%. 3 reasons why gratitude in leadership is essential to success unpacks the power of saying “thank you.” It presents research and insights about the business benefits of gratitude, including boosting creativity, increasing sales and enhancing recruitment.
Full Stack: Young adults can now apply for UX Academy through November 30. Applicants must be 18-24 years old and live in Saint Paul or Minneapolis. The 12-week immersive program explores the career pathway of user experience design. Interested in tracking St. Paul’s Full Stack initiative? Sign up for the monthly newsletter here.
Where does infrastructure money go in Minnesota? State and local governments are projected to receive $6.8B in federal grants under the $1.2T infrastructure bill signed last week. Here’s what’s headed to Minnesota according to White House estimates.
The Hollows is happening! We’re especially delighted about this one: First-time developer Johnny Opara to build 62-united apartment building in St. Paul. The building on Payne Avenue will include deeply affordable units.
STAG, a Boston REIT, buys a St. Paul warehouse at 1700 Wynne Ave for $30.5M. STAG has over 2.9M SF of industrial properties in Minnesota. Its largest property is a 423K SF distribution warehouse on Farwell Ave in South St. Paul.
The St. Paul Athletic Club is closing, the site being repositioned as a hotel and event venue.