Because of you...

As I watched the Oscars last night, a woman won (in a category I can’t remember!) who didn’t expect to be the recipient of her industry’s prized gold statue. She was the first African American in the history of the Academy to win this prize for this category. Although trembling with disbelief and excitement, she had the presence of mind to make a speech that caught my attention.

She would say a person’s name, and then say ‘…because of you…’ and let the person know how they impacted her in the long climb up that moment. I thought it was a wonderful speech, so I’m borrowing it for a moment.

To my clients…because of you, I’m better than I ever hoped to be in doing what I love.

To my colleagues…because of you the questions I struggled with were answered by your support and what you shared.

To my friends…because of you I was able to see the forest through the trees when all I could see was big, tall trees.

To my family…because of you and your belief in me, everything and anything became possible even when I thought it wasn’t.

I don’t need an Oscar…I just need all of you.