Associate Reflections | Kindness and Gratitude

At The Resource Group, 'kindness' is rooted in our culture, both in the delivery of our solutions but also in the way we interact with each other. As we end November, which contains both 'World Kindness Day' and Thanksgiving, we have asked our associates to contribute to this month's blog through personal reflections on acts of kindness received/given and on areas of personal gratitude. We asked our associates the following questions:

 1. How do you display kindness or gratitude in your day-to-day life?

 2. When have you recently received an act of kindness? What happened?

 3. In what moments of life have you felt most thankful?

 4. Who in your life displays kindness? In what ways do they act with kindness?

Read our associate responses below! 

In what moments of life have you felt most thankful?

The birth of my children, being able to spend the last years of husband's life beside him. I am extremely thankful for a rewarding job and the many people that have left an impact on me both good and bad as it is a growing experience that helped mold the person I am today. I am thankful for our military that risk their lives every day for our freedom. I am most thankful to God for allowing me to wake up every day healthy and providing me resources to live a good life.

Jacklyn Jacobsen

In what moments of life have you felt most thankful?

I am grateful for my family especially my grandkids who make me so happy and I get to live a new life through them. I am also thankful for my job and co-workers who are like family to me. They are the best and I really care about them and the work that I do.

Harry Herlbert

One thing that stands out to me was when my wife had an appendectomy, many coworkers from The Resource Group offered their prayers and checked in with me later to ask how she was doing, which we both found to be very uplifting during a stressful time. Another thing that comes to mind has been E-cards I have received from my coworkers after assisting with some projects. Each time has been a pleasant surprise I've found in my inbox and it's incredibly rewarding to be a part of a culture that exhibits care and gratitude.

Kevin Dulion

In what moments of life have you felt most thankful?

I am most thankful every single day I get to spend with my children.  I get to watch them grow up and see how their lives are coming into focus.  They are both teenagers with my oldest about to graduate high school.  I am always thankful to be an important part of their lives.

Greg Lewis

I am thankful for every day that I wake up and get the chance to do better today than I did yesterday. There are too many blessings to list here, but here are some: my vision, hearing, sense of smell, and taste. My husband and daughter, who is also my best friend. Family and friends. My job and the ability it gives me to provide for my family. My co-workers, managers (especially Josh Digar who apparently has unending patience! 😉), and Jessie Norton-Walsh who leads us with confidence and, fierce loyalty, and the leadership at The Resource Group.

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sandy Kyle

In what moments of life have you felt most thankful?

I feel the most thankful when I am riding my bike.  It always gives me an opportunity to think and reflect.  I usually end up thinking somewhere on that trek that I am blessed to be able to feel the breeze against my face as well as have both my arms and legs to do so.  I regress in thought to my deployment in Afghanistan.  I was the for a year from June of 2007 to June of 2008.  During that time, every single day you would hear about someone who was shot, blown up, kidnapped or some other horrific thing happening (that news does not always make it back here; because it is not always an American service member that is affected).  There were so many other countries represented there and also don't mean to exclude the Afghani people that were also victimized the same way.  

I recall at the beginning of my tour there.  I prayed/resigned myself to God stating that even if I had no arms or no legs, I just wanted to make it home to be an influence in my children's lives.  Fortunately, I made it back home unscathed; however, I know that there are many that did not experience the same fortune.

Every time I ride my bike, I remember Afghanistan; but, I also am so grateful that I made it back home intact.  I always thank God on those bike rides.  That is for sure on the top of my list as a thankful moment!

Lesley Anderson

I am most thankful for my mother and father in-law. I have recently gotten a divorce but my in-laws have made the effort to continue to keep me in their lives, support me, and love me unconditionally. I was especially close to my father in-law as I did not grow up with my dad in my life, and certainly see him as the father figure I never had. I will never be able to truly express how much their commitment to our relationship and their kindness means to me. 


I could respond to many of the questions. I am very grateful for my husband's cancer being stable.  He's in a phase 1 clinical trial in Houston, and we have so many people praying for us including The Resource Group prayer group, and it's so comforting to know so many care.  So huge kindness received from that group and the people I work with in showing they care and asking how things are going and especially to those who pray for us and those who share their hope with me and remind me that all things are possible with Christ.

Nancy Bayer

In what moments of life have you felt most thankful? 

The most profound moments of gratitude in my life are the days my two daughters entered the world. My babies, alongside my husband, serve as constant reminders to cherish the present and recognize the magic in life’s small moments. Their joy, happiness, and unconditional love not only bring me immense happiness but also serve as an inspiration, motivating me to extend love and kindness to the world around me.

Amy Lamson

Someone who displays a lot of kindness is my manager, Poonam. She is always finding opportunities for me to grow in my career and ensures I reach my personal and professional goals. One of the best managers ever!

Lauren Kirchberg

I am grateful for my son, the love of my life Neil, the remarkable Requester support team, the MDM Team, and the Ascension Prayer team. They have supported me during the challenges of caring for my Mom who has congestive heart failure. Their kindness and support inspire me to be the best version of myself daily.  

I am blessed beyond measure to be part of Ascension.


I truly look up to my mom for her kindness in everything she does. From teaching students, to volunteering, and bringing the family together she embodies who I hope to be more like.