I LOVE this time of year! It’s great to spend time with family and friends, share some stories, have some laughs, watch some football and eat some great food. OK – those are all wonderful but this is time for us to give thanks for what we have. It’s a season of plenty and abundance.
My parents were BIG on saying “thank you”. And it wasn’t just about saying, “thank you”, it was about meaning it. They taught me that there are reasons “why” we are thankful for the things in our life and the gifts we receive.
During this season, I pause to give thanks for what I have and not dream about what I don’t.
I am humbled and blessed.
A year ago, I got married. At 47 years old, I married the love of my life. We were surrounded by family and friends who love us very much. Each day, we celebrate and give thanks for our relationship and what it means to both of us. We have learned to take little for granted. I am grateful for each text, gesture and kindness all of which remind me daily, I am loved and loving.
I am thankful for almost five years at my current organization and as I leave my organization next week, I am thankful for the experiences and learning I have gained on this job as I launch a full-time coaching practice. I am grateful to have the opportunity to pursue my dream and step forward to serving others through coaching.
I am grateful for my health. My overall numbers are good and while I have a few pounds to lose, I am excited to go on that journey to lose the weight and see how my body gets stronger and healthier.
I am blessed to have a wonderful circle of friends and family. Without them, my life would be empty and heartless. They shape my character and make me be a better person each and every day. And, to keep me grounded, they also taught me not to take myself too seriously.
I am thankful for my teachers who taught me more than what was written between the front and back covers of textbooks. They instilled a lifelong love of learning and inquiry in me. They taught me to be curious. They taught me to dream.
I am thankful for my love for the sport of bowling. I am grateful that my father taught me the sport and though it, I have met some amazing athletes, coaches and most importantly, friends. I am thankful to represent two wonderful companies, Brunswick and Vise, as i continue to learn and grow in the sport.
I am thankful for a wonderful community of coaches whom I have met this year. I learn and grow from each and every one of you and most importantly, you inspire me. You are an amazing group of people!
Finally, I am thankful for the roof over my head, the food in my fridge, and the heat in my house. I know there are people out there who don’t always have these things. Last week, we had a really bad wind and rain storm. It was the perfect time to pause and give thanks that we were warm and safe.
Most importantly, I am thankful for my faith and recognize there is something far greater and more powerful than me in this world and for that, I give thanks.
I believe when we come from a place of gratitude, we appreciate the people and things in our lives in their most magnificent and special ways.
So, as we celebrate the season of Thanksgiving, what are you most thankful for this year?
Drop us a comment and let us know how you gave thanks this Thanksgiving Holiday.