“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”

— Robert Holden


Friends, this has become my truth.  I am many things but as this year progresses I find I am more and more grateful.  I appreciate small things (like the older couple that offered my family of four their dinner table when were out the other night) despite the gentleman having his arm in a cast.

I give more readily – of myself and of my time.  I want to BE THERE living every moment to its fullest. My little worries have fallen to the wayside – and I see potential where I once saw failure.

As we come to Thanksgiving I want to ask you all to take a moment and think about what makes you TRULY grateful.  Is it something simple like having a loving family?  Food on the table?  A roof over your head and enough money to keep it there?

For me – I’m grateful for opportunities.  Opportunities to be a better person.  Opportunities to give someone else a better life – even if it’s only in the moment.  Opportunities for second chances (and third and maybe fourth) cause Lord knows I’m not perfect and man – do I need them sometimes.

Most off all – I’m extremely grateful for this project.  In the past six months I have stretched outside my comfort zone, taken chances and made real change – how incredible is that?  Plus – I have a written record.  Someday, I’ll take all these posts, print them out and bind them into a book for my family.  My greatest joy is that my children – as they grow – will have a chance to really know how I strove to make a difference.

I can only hope it inspires them to do the same.

Happy holidays ya’ll…go forward in kindness and love.