Taking the time to ‘reflect’ on Thanksgiving

I want to take a quiet moment to wish all of you and your families, friends, and loved ones a happy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving.

It has been a truly unbelievable year. I won’t even attempt to list all of the challenges many of you have had to overcome. Nonetheless, today is a day to reflect and have gratitude for the many positive – and often overlooked – blessings in our lives: our families, friends, and colleagues around the world who truly care about us.

Some people talk about their “glass” being half full or half empty. I like to think of my glass as overflowing. Rather than focusing on just ourselves, I believe we are all called to help those who are less fortunate than us; those who may have lost a loved one, may be unemployed or under-employed, or suffering from depression or other illnesses.

To me, that’s why I divide the word “Thanksgiving” into two parts: truly giving “thanks” and focusing on what I can “give” to others rather than focusing on what I can take.

In closing, I’d like to share with you a wonderful prayer that a good friend sent me today:

“God, great me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things I can, and
the WISDOM to know the difference.”

Here’s wishing you a special day!!!

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