“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” ~~Melody Beattie.
Hello friends and family. I trust you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
Indeed, there is much to be grateful and thankful for this year. But the bigger picture is learning to be grateful and thankful as a way of life. Year-round. In your circumstances. As we get older, I have learned that we mellow and the important things become more clear. The clutter and inconsequential things simply begin to fall away.
We have many things to be grateful for in 2017. Just to share a few things with you and hopefully, you’ll return the favor.
I lost my dad this summer, but his legacy will live on. During a memorial service a few months ago, it was obvious he had an impact on countless lives. I was privileged to conduct the funeral and charged his many friends and family members to pick up his mantle.
My mom and dad were married for 64 years. She is 82 and still does Facebook and texts regularly. You may have a hard time keeping up with her, so we’re very blessed!
I won’t be blessed to be married for 64 years unfortunately, by I did ask the love of my life to spend the rest of our lives together recently. Elizabeth and I plan to be married next Easter weekend. She is a blessing to me and, I am happy to say that I am more me today than I have been in 50 years!
My three boys — #mythreesons — and daughter-in-law are spending Thanksgiving together with my mom and others in Natchitoches, the same home we built — with my dad — back in 1972. Those three guys — Josh (and his wife Kristina), Jason and Destin — continually make me a #prouddad. I am truly blessed beyond belief.
Elizabeth, Josh, Kristina and I are cooking lunch today and we’ll spend the afternoon watching football, sharing stories. Then, tonight, we’ll take out the cards on the big table for that favorite family game of Shanghai. Never heard of it? Google it, you may like it!
Yes, I am grateful for an Astros’ World Series win! More on that later!
Today, would love to know where you are, what you are eating and how you are spending the day.
Remember, despite the world that seems to be falling apart at times, although many around you would rather criticize, spread negativity or find fault…today, take a moment to be grateful for the little things.
Happy Thanksgiving friends!