Ice Breaker – Thanks


Each week on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

(I’m always looking for Ice Breaker question ideas.  If you have an idea, send me an email at  If I use your question, I’ll give you credit and share your links.)

This week’s question is inspired by a Thanksgiving tradition in our house.  Each year, we put a tablecloth on the Thanksgiving table.  Each person in attendance traces their hand-print onto the tablecloth.  Then they write down five things for which they are thankful – one for each finger.

Over the years, our tablecloth has filled up with hand-prints of many sizes and shapes.  There are hand-prints for loved ones who have passed away.  Each hand-print represents a year of thanksgiving.  We’re on our second tablecloth as we’ve been doing this for many years.  I’m looking forward to reading your responses to today’s Thanksgiving Ice Breaker!

Question:  Name five things for which you are thankful this year.

My Answer:

  1. My family – I’m thankful for my wife.  I’m thankful for my kids.  I’m thankful for my extended family.
  2. My job – I’m thankful for my co-workers.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead.  I’m thankful for the recent opportunity to present an idea at the annual management meeting.  I’m thankful for new opportunities ahead.  I’m thankful for the support I’ve been given to be involved in Toastmasters.
  3. DIBs – Every Friday morning at 6 AM, I meet with 13 other men in someone’s basement.  DIBs stands for Dudes In the Basement.  We recently celebrated our one year anniversary.  It’s our goal to meet together for 20 years.  This group of men has become a place to encourage and to be encouraged.  And it has become a place to solidify my foundation.
  4. Catalyst Mastermind – I joined a mastermind group in September, and this has become a significant part of my life.  Every two weeks, I meet via Zoom with a few people from Texas, Georgia, and Washington.  Together, the four of us work together to push us each forward in our own pursuits.  This group has personally helped me with some of my writing and speaking endeavors, and it has helped me as I’ve worked with Leanne on her life coaching business.  I treasure our bi-weekly video calls.
  5. Stretched – My blog and The Stretched Community continue to be major sources of encouragement and growth for me.  I’m so thankful for you!

Answer this week’s ice breaker question by leaving a comment. I look forward to reading your response! (As always, feel free to share links.) And keep Stretching!