i am consumed with gratitude

older man in the library holding a book

I was brought up in the most extreme fundamentalist sect in Scotland (Exclusive Closed Brethren), and still have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from that background, but I was fortunate at age eleven to obtain a scholarship to Robert Gordon’s College, a 200-year- old private school where I, a fisherman’s son, received a classical education.

In Canada, I climbed the ranks as an auditor and corporate comptroller, but in my twenties suffered from the most severe alcoholism, but was fortunate to find sobriety which has lasted for 52 years.

I am consumed with gratitude for all my blessings. I loved teaching business law at Georgian College. I have a lovely blended family. I spent many summers teaching windsurfing and sailing.

In retirement, we sail, hike, study nature, and I remain a prodigious reader.

I have been a Quaker (a very liberal, inclusive faith) for many years.

A few years ago, my wife Linda Griffis walked 290 kilometres on a pilgrimage in Spain (El Camino de Santiago). We have both learned that “there are no paths; paths are made by walking.”

– David, married 33 years, father, Quaker, sailor, bird watcher, nature lover, grandfather, former professor, entrepreneur