Even though it is bit cliche to be reminded that Thanksgiving is a day to express our gratitude and thanks for the blessings in our lives, here I am writing about those things for which I am truly appreciative. Actually, it is not the "things" but the people in my life for whom I am grateful. To paraphrase another saying: gratitude starts at home. And with that, I am grateful for the beauty of my daughter, Jessica, and her continual evolution into young adulthood. She amazes me every day. It's a joyful thing to watch -- this unfolding of a young life. The beauty is her physical self, of course, and her social self as she trusts her Self, shapes her life, and feels her way along a path that is not always sure or clear. She has dealt with the challenges in front of her with resilience and perseverance.
And I am grateful for the presence and love of Jannetta in my life today. She has a strength that is not superficial...a strength that is not forceful but is steady and committed and clear. So I get to share in that today. Her presence makes my life fuller, richer. I feel loved and possessed with the ability to be loving. William Faulkner says "Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly ... is having to accept it." I get to be grateful for Jannetta's life in mine and accept gratitude, too, for what we share.
And today I have a certain gratitude for my employer who gives me the opportunity to grow as a leader every day. I feel challenged in my work every day and given the opportunity to meet that challenge every day, too.
In short, today -- this day -- I get to express the gratitude to and for the people in my life who make it richer. Mother Theresa said "The best way to show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love." I get to learn how to fuel that love every day with the people in my life.