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Showing Some Mrazian Gratitude at Work

Gratitude can't come easy to a guy named Frankfurter.

“Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it’s deep.”

This was the quote that our CEO left us with when he announced his departure last week. It was his way of saying that words could not express how thankful he was to have worked with such an awesome group of people. Well, I think we’re awesome; he might use different words, like “talented” “productive” “intelligent” or “crazy sexy”.

Nope, those are my words again.

Anyway. He often punctuated his speeches with thoughts like this one, which is probably why we all liked him so much. Maybe it’s just a California thing, but I think I heard him talk about passion and kindness far more than he talked about profits, and we never seemed to have trouble finding any of those things.

The quote is by Felix Frankfurter (the dapper gentleman pictured above), who was not a Rocky Horror character as I first assumed, but an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1939-1962.  Had you heard of him? No? Well sometimes you learn things when you come to my blog.

The reason I’m posting the quote isn’t just because I thought it was a nice sentiment, but because I think it’s interesting that when I am feeling my most ungrateful, unable to even imagine feeling grateful for anything ever again, gratitude finds me. Sometimes it’s a smile from a friend, sometimes it’s a bumper sticker, and sometimes it’s on a PowerPoint slide being projected onto a huge screen in a hotel ballroom.

And for the persistence of the universe in trying to keep me grounded and appreciative, I am very grateful.

I never knew it could come to me, (That’s a tough one. Any guesses which song it’s from?)


Grateful to Be Home… Mostly

Hi. I’m back. Nice to see you again.

Where was I? Lots of places. In two weeks I hit London, Munich, Salzburg, Cologne and Brussles, then flew out of Frankfurt. I came back physically exhausted, but emotionally refreshed. It’s nice to get a little distance from your normal life every now and then.

Looks like Jason was also busy travelling around while I was away. I have some of his blogs and news to catch up on. I’d also love to hear how the free San Diego show was from anyone who was there.

Unlike my trip to New Zealand earlier this year, I didn’t hear “I’m Yours” in every cafe, souvenir shop and taxi. I didn’t hear it even once, actually. I did see a poster for Raphael Saadiq in London, which was a nice reminder of last month’s show in Murphys, but nothing with Mraz on it.

gratitude-journalNear the end of my trip, I enjoyed an afternoon at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. I was a little bummed about having to pack up and come home soon, so I was doing my best to make the most of each day, despite my blisters and sore back (I really need to learn to pack lighter).

In the museum gift shop, I was picking out a few postcards when I saw this little orange book. The cover said “Gratitude: A Journal“. I guess gratitude is a hot commodity right now. I didn’t buy it – I figure I can be grateful for free, or at least for less than $15 – but it was a good reminder to be happy for the vacation time I had rather than annoyed that I didn’t have more.

I’m also grateful for the 12 pounds of chocolate I brought home from Belgium, as are my coworkers.

Dear x-ray machine, pretend you don’t know me so well,

What Would Jason Mraz Be Grateful For?

mraz_buttonIf that’s a question you often ask yourself, maybe you should wear it around or stick it on your bag or something.

I joked about it yesterday, then thought maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea. I’m no designer, but CafePress makes it simple enough to stick things on buttons and magnets and other things, so that’s what I did.

If you’re handy with Photoshop you can probably do a much better job.