On this week’s “You’ve Got This,” I talk with David Cary about how to keep a heart tuned to gratitude in both good times and trying times. David, his wife, Valerie, and their son, Trenton, have two decades of pediatric hospital experience from the standpoint of the “customer.” Trenton received a heart transplant just before his first birthday; he was diagnosed with cancer during his senior year of high school; and he had a second heart transplant while in college. Over those years, David and his family learned to navigate the hospital, survive trauma, deal with challenges and find gratitude with help from a strong support group.
David speaks to hospitals, corporations, medical associations, churches and civic groups on helping families when a child is hospitalized, and continuing to live a full life in spite of its challenges. His inspiring stories and engaging style empower organizations to become more impactful with service to customers and teamwork with employees, creating more meaning in their daily work. The lessons taught extend to work, home and anywhere relationships matter.
“I look back and I realize that God and so many people helped us and carried us and were of service to us. If we had not gone through those challenges, I wouldn’t have had those people stepping up and showing how much they cared for us and cared about us,” David says. “I think a lot of people, especially those who don’t have faith look at our story and think that it’s totally backwards. How can you have faith after all that you have gone through?”
Listen to the podcast for more insights and suggestions about how to not let life dictate our thankfulness.