• Yesterday I quit blaming past generations for the world not working, today I quit blaming my 9-month old daughter.

    by  • February 7, 2013 • Some one should... • 0 Comments

    Growing up inside of “Some one should…” it was clearly always the older generation that was accountable for solving our problems. Now that I’m a parent, I found myself “trying to get through it” with my finger pointed toward the future generation as the one that will be left to make the difference. That stops now.

    Dear Ariana,

    You know we’ve asserted you can be and do anything you want in life. What you don’t know is that when you were born there was a moment where I did not hold myself to create that for you.

    I showed up late, missed deadlines, and skipped things entirely and I got away with it by telling people I was a new father and showing them your adorable photographs.

    After nine months, this easy out became habit and I started thinking to myself that you could be and do anything you want, but I couldn’t because of you. You became my recurring excuse for not honoring myself, my word, or my commitments. For some time, I told myself I could be a father first, while fulfilling less of my other dreams. But, what happened was I brought my discontent home to you and your mother.

    I promise you I will fulfill on my dreams such that you know that anything is possible for your life and the world you’ve come into.

    Your dad,




    Gabriel Grant is a doctoral candidate in Leadership and Sustainability at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the founding director of the Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation. His research focuses on the relationships and possible pathways between micro level flourishing of individuals, flourishing organizations and communities, and at the macro level, a flourishing planet. Gabriel holds an MPhil in Leadership and Sustainability from Yale University, an MS in Ecological Systems Engineering and a BS in Physics from Purdue University. He is also an active sustainability consultant with 14 years of experience whose clients represent a diversity of sectors including: social entrepreneurship, transportation, energy, information and communication technology, commercial and residential development, municipalities, and cultural institutions. His academic, professional, and non-profit ventures are committed to the dream of all life flourishing together through people experiencing their life as a calling.

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