I woke the other morning with the rhythm of Jesse Colin Young in the back of my head. I was in that state between sleep and full consciousness as the lyrics settled in from his song ‘Get Together.’ Unfortunately, an interruption behind the music appeared. There were thoughts of yesterday’s business, world news, and my personal missteps. They floated through my head until sleep was no longer viable. Soon, the sun would break over the horizon and it would be a new day.
Sitting in the dawn’s light, everything a little foggy, a thought of a new beginning, a chance to do things better erupted and gratitude for another chance developed. I began my daily check list of counting the good things that happened yesterday. I pushed the sad and bad times aside, thankfully accepting the gift of remembering mostly the good and forgetting the ugly.
There is plenty to be grateful for as I work to place my focus on the goodness of life. We shall celebrate another official day of Thanksgiving this month and I wonder why we need a day singled out to remind us about gratitude. Have we become so inwardly focused that we forget to appreciate all that happens in our lives?
Not too long ago I met a lovely person who was always beaming with joy. When asked why, she simply stated ‘it’s a wonderful day.’ Her life didn’t seem to be spectacular by any means, yet she chose to believe it was.
Recently, I visited with a close associate and he stated to me that he believes the majority of people have forgotten how to be grateful. It’s a sad thought. Too often people think only of today and forget about what they have or what others have done for them, and focus only on today. Do they not know that no one truly succeeds alone?
Optimistically, I want to believe people do have a depth of gratitude in recognizing what they have and who helped them reach a level of success in the life they now enjoy. Perhaps they just need to slow down and count their blessings first. I pray this is true for you.
So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, may you have the best day ever with friends and family reflecting on the good days and all that is in front of you. Thank you for being part of our lives. We recognize our lives wouldn’t be as successful, and careers so fulfilled without you. May you have a fabulous holiday season and a great New Year.
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Tony Ratchford CRS, ABR, SRES, CLHMS