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Clairene Grillo's passing; thank you for heartwarming response

Clairene Grillo's passing; thank you for heartwarming response

Every Moment is a Teaching Moment

Social media is a wonderful way to communicate and spread news. We had a very heartwarming response fm so many people when Clairene Grillo passed on that we decided to write one response to all and use it as a teaching moment for those who attend, have attended and will attend Minnesota Hockey Camps. First and foremost, we read every one of your comments and we realize there are more coming.. You, taking time to comment, show that you have the greatest intangible one can acquire. You sincerely care. In many cases, you were simply reciprocating for enjoying your experiences with Claire, some with us as a team, and Minnesota Hockey Camps. In all cases, this was deeply appreciated because this is her moment. Keep in mind, we know there are others who sincerely care and have their way of closure without saying or writing a word and we respect that.

Our daughter, Tracy, and I were talking about the word “care” yesterday simply because it comes to the forefront during moments like this. We felt it should be family taught @ a young age and it should be reinforced in the school system and co-curricular activities. Intangibles, to me, are like an elective in school. You have the Basic English, Math and Science, but none of this works for our children unless they acquire all of the intangibles required to succeed in life. Intangibles give our children a way to express their knowledge and skill set. They drive your mindset, which drives your skill-set. One cannot perform/work to the maximum without the other. They maximize each other. Take some time to teach them, “How life really works”.

Unconditional care for others is easy to teach, especially if there are so many examples in the family. Teachers creating an awareness of the importance of caring are doing their students a huge favor. When athletes give back they will raise their game. Feeling good about yourself pumps your heart. When your heart is pumped you will see positive results. There is no better feeling than you feeling good about you. There is no better feeling than creating a better version of you. Life and performance will be greatly enhanced.

Do yourself a huge favor and write down all of the intangibles required for success; then rate yourself on each. Be sure to put the finishing touches on all of them with the following:

Skill to fit in.

Skill to express your skill.

Skill to figure it out when it’s not in your parents or coach’s manuals.

Rate your purpose, reason and substance levels while being ordinary and fun.

What is your intensity level and are you energy efficient?

Do you do everything hard and smart?

Do you get up each morning with the intention of doing something out of the ordinary; recognizing that it’s human nature to get up and be who we are? What is your authenticity level?

What is your humor level; especially in adverse situations?

Are you interested in creating a better version of you?

How long does it take you to care? Is it unconditional or forced?

I was given a small box of three (3) chocolates the other night by a young squirt hockey player at a small gathering. The power of this gesture will do more for this young man than he can imagine. The joy in my eyes while receiving showed him there is an importance to giving. I will guarantee you he will play better the next time he goes on the ice; especially if he is aware of how this works and affects the human mind. He will also do better in school. Thanks, Gage.

I decided to leave the gathering @ my first opportunity and write this; thinking of all the people who took time to care; whether bringing something, writing something, calling, texting, praying or doing something in their own way. They will all do better @ what they do because of it and they certainly will see a better version of their self.

Simply put; this is how life works! Caring, giving and sharing have the power to change your life in a positive way. When you embolden those in your care, this is the highest level of caring and doesn’t cost you a cent. Clairene Grillo was an expert quietly doing this when in her presence. I, and thousands of others, are the beneficiaries.

By the way, the chocolates didn’t last very long in the heart shaped Valentine Day box.


Feb 27, 2017 • Posted by marcus burnell

We love you Gringo !!

Feb 18, 2017 • Posted by Lynnette Schindler

So very well said. Caring is a awesome thing for us all to remember. Love An hugs

Feb 18, 2017 • Posted by Barb Hexum

you could not have said it better Gringo…we’re thinking of you

Feb 18, 2017 • Posted by Nicki Del Castillo Dold

To Gringo and Claire – you were the summer leaders and my summer parents in a way as I grew up and spent 10 summers with the MHC family. And that truly is what that place is — a family. To share the ups and downs, the good and bad days and to uplift each other when you need the support to do one more Rep, one more lap, or in deeper ways hold a hand or share a thought or word of support at a time such as this.
You and Claire taught me so many lessons not only about the game but about life in general and I remember so many of them everyday that I wake up and walk in the ways of life today.
Claire was truly a blessing to all those that were blessed to have her in their life and to now have a beautiful angel watching over. She was an amazing woman and one that I look up to so much because she was so incredible and supportive and driven in who she was.
You both hold such a special place in my heart forever because those lessons learned and those friendships and relationships made in the north woods of what is MHC have continued on far past those years there and will continue to live on and be passed on to my children now. And that is a true gift to know that your words, gestures and examples continue to live on in those you meet.
Rest sweet and watch over us #prettylady

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