Volume 1, Issue 10 October 2002
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THANKSGIVING
Well it’s that time of year again. The trees are turning colors. The weather is getting cooler and it’s time to prepare for the coming winter months. Fall festivals are abundant as we celebrate the harvest of what we sowed. My question is how seriously do we take this concept of thanksgiving? Or, do we just go through the motions like many of the other things that we do in our lives?
Do we take family, friends and thanksgiving for granted?
Many times we forget the family and friends that were there when we needed them. I want you to go back in your mind’s eye. I want you to picture, name and give thanks to all of those people who touched you in a positive way. This will be very emotional for some of you, but I assure you that if you do this you will have a new outlook of life.
First, relax…now go back when you were born…who was the person who was there for you, who fed you and loved you? Picture that person…now thank that person.
Who was the person who helped you take your first steps? Picture that person…now thank that person.
Who was the person who was there to pick you up when you fell down? Picture that person…now thank that person.
Remember that person who had that special smell, that special hug and that special smile… Picture that person…now thank that person.
Remember your first playmate and friend. Remember how inseparable you were… Picture that person…now thank that person.
Remember your first day in school. Remember that new friend you met and how he or she helped you… Picture that person…now thank that person.
Remember your favorite relative. The one who was always there for you. The one who never judged you and always encouraged you… Picture that person…now thank that person.
Remember your first love. Remember how great that felt. Remember all the good times you had together… Picture that person…now thank that person.
Remember that first team or organization you joined. Remember the person who was there for you and helped you fit in… Picture that person…now thank that person.
Remember your first job. Remember the person who showed you the ropes and took you under his or her wing… Picture that person…now thank that person.
Remember a time when you needed a hand and a stranger stopped and helped… Picture that person…now thank that person.
Remember when you started your current job. Remember the person who was there for you. Helped you fit in and made you feel welcome… Now go and thank that person.
Remember when you met your current life partner. Remember that feeling you had when you knew he or she was the one… Now go and thank that person.
Sit for a moment and picture all of the good things that your current family and friends have done for you. Don’t think about the disagreements you may have just had. Don’t think about the sad times. Concentrate on the good. Recall that feeling you had when it was pure love… Now make sure you go to these people and thank them.
Tell them how much you care and value them. If you have people who are no longer in your life who made a difference, send them a thank you note.
With too many of us, life gets in the way of relationships. We get so caught up with our own problems and negativity that we lose sight of what we can be truly thankful for.
In this journey there will always be someone better off than us and someone will always be worse off then us. I spoke to an elderly gentleman once and asked him how he was doing and he said, “As long as I am on the green side of the grass, things are great.”
Don’t just wait for this season to give thanks. Be grateful everyday for everything that effects you in a positive way. And if you like to hear those two words, “thank you”, go out and do something nice for someone else and then be thankful that you had the ability to help another soul.
I would like to thank you all for being part of the Caravan family. Without you to read these words there would be no Caravan.
THANK YOU, BLESS YOU AND MAY YOUR GOD BE WITH YOU.
Ted, Troy, Humphry and Brodi
I am proud and pleased to announce that my daughter Brodi has joined the family business. Brodi will be the new Business Manager for THE HUMPHRY GROUP.
“Human complexities aren’t black and white, they are every shade of gray.
Don’t let the dark side creep into the brightness of the day.”
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