Tomorrow is the day! A day to stuff our faces with savory turkey, cranberry dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and too many buns! Ah, I love Thanksgiving! But more importantly, as cheesy as it sounds, it’s a time to reflect and express our gratitude and talk about what we’re thankful for.
Many of you saw my Facebook post yesterday (if not, be my friend on Facebook!!) about my visit at a local homeless shelter. I go there from time to time and always enjoy myself there. Yesterday’s experience, however, really pulled on the heartstrings. I was talking with a single mother about her experience at the shelter and what brought her there to seek support. She had her one-year-old daughter with her and I was humbled by their willingness to make the best of what they have. As her daughter played and smiled unfathomably, I couldn’t help but feel for these families who struggle during the Holidays. This family had limited family support and no financial sustainability, but she still felt so thankful. Unfortunately, this is the story of many of the residents. Do you take time to reflect on what you have and express your gratitude? The simple, very small things we take advantage of each and every day. The car we drive, our home, condo or apartment (no matter how small it is), food in the fridge … it’s all necessary for our survival and a strong asset to our well-being yet so overlooked in many instances. The long talks we have with our sig others at night before bed, the little favor your co-worker does for you to make your day brighter. I don’t say this much but I truly feel blessed. It made me reflect on what I’m thankful for: my health, happiness and most of all, you, my friends and family. So I pose to you, what are you thankful for?
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