Thankful. Grateful. Appreciate.

Thankful. Grateful. Appreciate.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  When I think about the 3 words around this season, they are thankful, grateful, and appreciate.


It is the time of giving and receiving the most valuable gift we have…Love. Love comes in all sorts of packages, a phone call to a friend, a donation to the food bank, a card to a family member, a small meal or an enormous feast, a glance of understanding by your beloved, or the curling up of the kitties in your lap. These are the gifts of the heart of Thanks Giving.


Gathering with friends and loved ones around a meal can be an act of Grace. The laughter and stories and food and joy all create a rarified atmosphere. A place where time can become irrelevant, and memories become alive again.

Like this memory of my niece Tori 15 years ago when we made Martha Stewart worthy pumpkin pies!

 Or this post-turkey photo of 4 generations of our family with sweet squirmy nieces and nephews that we love so much!

In the past 20 months gathering inside in groups has held very real risks. This has made for new habits and often isolation. I sometimes long for the “before times”, when a deadly pandemic was not prominent around the world. But I am also thankful to have been reminded about what really matters to me.


I’m thankful for my good health and my beloved and friends and family. I’m grateful to be working with wonderful people in this new virtual world. And I appreciate YOU!


I appreciate each and every one of you and what you offer to the world. No matter who you are or what you do if you are a CEO or a CNA (certified nursing assistant), a mom or dad, a teacher or a student, each time you offer a smile of encouragement, you are giving love, each time you hold someone accountable to being their best, you are giving love, each time you give yourself a break, you are giving love.


That is what Thanks Giving is about…giving thanks, gratitude and appreciation. And when it’s all distilled down, that equals Love with a capital L.

Be still and know. Know that our memories of good times live on in our hearts and are accessible in a flash. There will soon be a time to gather and share without concern. But for now, I hope you are creating new memories and have made this Thanksgiving one to remember.

Love and Light,




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