Reflecting on life can give you a real boost. It is easy to dwell on the negative, but this Thanksgiving the joys and sorrows of the past year help put life in perspective:
– A dear friend passed away at the age of 34 in Africa last December. As I reflect on this loss, I am just as grateful for his friendship which will remain with me forever. We have all lost great friends but we don’t ever want to lose their gift of life.
– I am grateful for the four friends I have never met who continue to send me cards during the year. I think this is the original intent of greeting cards. We may never meet face to face, but I value knowing we remain friends.
– Young people. We all know that the youth are our future. The older I get, the more true the statement. Every outgoing generation wonders if the youngest will survive. They will.
– I am grateful to the Haitian people. Through them I have learned that there can be joy amid physical disasters. All who survive trauma (Philippines, tornadoes, floods) give meaning to my life.
– Co-workers. We spend more time with our co-workers than with our families. In some ways they become our extended family. I am grateful for the folks that I work with all year long. We deal with the challenges and we celebrate the successes.
– Finally, as I’ve reported before, I am all about Halloween. I gave out 3,800 king size candy bars to 1,302 kids who passed through my home. The true gift was what I received in seeing so many smiling and excited children, along with their parents.
As you spend time with your family and closest friends, take time to reflect on the joys of your life. It is refreshing.