I hope you had a wonderful time with your friends and family over Thanksgiving. If you were alone, I hope you were with people you know, love and care about to spend time with them. Thanksgiving, along with Christmas, are special times when we reflect on the things that matter the most in our lives. Our families, our friends, our abundance, and very often we have a deeper spiritual connection during these times to a “higher” power. My higher power personally is Jesus Christ, and the fact that he died to save me of my sins, forgive me of my mistakes, and bring such incredible people into my life (particularly the miracle of my two beautiful children) are something to be thankful for indeed! We should be thankful everyday for the opportunity to witness his miracles all around us! I went hiking in the Smokies last week with my kids, on a Wednesday (a typical workday), along a river with waterfalls, evergreen trees, in a beautiful mountain setting. I watched my kids and their friends take their shoes off (insane!!) to walk across the rocks to get to an island in the middle of the river, and as I skipped rocks on the calmer water upstream, I couldn’t help but smile and sigh and be so thankful for the life that I have! I’m grateful to have special people in my life, that add to my abundance but personally and professionally, and I wanted to thank you for being part of it just simply for reading this.
I sincerely hope you will embrace all the wonderful things you have in your own personal life, and I know of several people that will be alone during the Holidays and that makes me sad. I encourage you that if you know someone that is affected by a military deployment, a broken family from divorce, or separated by distance and unable to make the trip due to financial or work-related reasons to see their loved ones, to reach out and tell them you love them and you are thinking about them today. You might even invite them to spend some time with you. One phone call, one email, one unexpected greeting card, or text message might just brighten their day! Remember, the Holiday Season of Thanksgiving and Christmas lasts about one month of the year. Make it a point to reach out in kindness ALL year, and show appreciation when someone least expects it. You just might see your life change because of it!! In fact, I’m sure both your professional life and your personal life will improve dramatically. What we give out in life comes back to us ten-fold. Be slow to speak (unless its to show love and appreciation), quick to listen, and try and make someones day…everyday! I hope your Holiday Season is a great one!