As we gather around our tables this Thanksgiving day, it’s a day spent giving thanks for all we have, including the love we share with one another. It’s gratitude we should live by daily, so on this day… it reminds us once again the importance of family, friends and prayer, for those that are suffering throughout this world, despite life’s’  circumstances that are currently at hand. Our hearts go out to those recovering from the Paris attacks, so as a reminder we should all be grateful for our military, as they keep us safe from harm and who cannot be at home with their families this Thanksgiving. Simple Gratitude is practiced and not an emotion. Finding gratitude can be taught by the ability to be happy for the smaller things in life; such as … a pet you may have, receiving a call from a loved one far away, having a job you like or having good health etc. Once you acknowledge the smaller things, it becomes easier to find the greater ones. It is then that you will realize the abundant joys you really possess.

This Thanksgiving week, I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read my column. My writing may not always be interesting to some individuals, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to express my thoughts, as well as my opinions. I’m so grateful for my family and friends, as they have helped me through the most difficult time of my life these past couple of years. I’ve been lucky to have the ongoing emotional support and love that they give me. As I reflect… endurance, will be a word I practice and live by. Also, instead of finding faults or things that are wrong with my day, I will choose to find what is right in my day, along with the positive actions that happen throughout the coming days.

I pray for peace in this world, and for those families, including individuals, please keep your faith and remain hopeful for a better future. As for all my readers… again, I thank you all for joining me on this journey I call life. I wish you all the best this holiday season. Be safe and have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Make your week count.