Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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If life was a rollercoaster, then 2016 would be my personal Kingda Ka. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I must give Thanks for the ride and riders of 2016. And what better way to give thanks than with a List? And since I could never get past 10 things on any list, Iā€™ll limit my gratitude list to 10 šŸ˜Š. Ā The 10 things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving Day areā€¦.

  1. Family and friends – Expressing gratitude for these relationships often becomes perfunctory. But when I remember the many who has an empty seat at their table this year – public figures, colleagues and friends Ā ā€“ I feel a deeper sense of gratitude for my family and friends. Ā For their love, support, loyalty – and for just being present. I am so thankful for all of you.

  2. Seniors ā€“ to our clients who entrust us with their care ā€“ THANK YOU. This year our first client passed away. We had cared for him for 8 years. Every Thanksgiving He give us poinsettias. He was generous, kind, engaging, and had a gift for making the stranger feel like a friend. I am thankful for the many lessons we learned from caring for him over the years.

  3. Our staff ā€“ I am grateful for the dedication of the men and women, who chose to serve seniors. For the compassion and 100% dedication you give to our clients – THANK YOU. You make our sphere of service a better place.

  4. God – specifically, His grace, protection, provision and love. Ā His grace and love sustained me through the lows of this year, and His provision and protection are the only reasons for the highpoints of this ride of my life. I am thankful to God.

  5. Caramel Almond Clusters ā€“ I know, I probably should think of something more profound to follow Godā€™s grace, but have you had a caramel cluster? Well when you do, youā€™ll understand that this bite of utter goodness is worthy of making a gratitude listšŸ˜‰.

  6. Growth – this year, more than any other, I have learned to be slow to judge others. To pause as I form an opinion, and look for the panoramic view, rather than snapshots of a personā€™s life. Ā To be slow to judge and even slower to act on judgments formed, is a kindness I cherish when afforded, Ā and therefore should be willing to pay it forward.

  7. Election is over. I know, youā€™re thankful too!

  8. Laughter – it really is a good medicine. And because Iā€™m thankful that you took the time to read my list, Iā€™ll pass along an app my son loaded on my phone-ifunny – download the app and lol.

  9. Bolt – my 5 year old Shih Tzu. He is love and acceptance wrapped up in a 12 lb package of fluffiness. I am so thankful for him!

  10. Perspective – sometimes Iā€™ve gotten this with time, other times from talking a situation out with another person – this year I gained perspective through lifeā€™s experience. I am thankful that Iā€™m alive, that God is gracious, that friends are kind, that life goes on, that growth is possible, and that I thought of this list!

William Arthur Ward said that, feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it, Ditto that!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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