Happy Thanksgiving! As we head into the holiday season, I ask for a moment of your time to reflect on “Gratitude”.
This year is different. The four years prior to 2020 my wife, son and I spent the week of Thanksgiving in NY at a large, boisterous, love-filled, food-and-drink-fueled gathering with my sister-in-law’s family, her husband’s family, my wife’s parents and some very good friends of ours that are family by choice and by love. It was quality family time, meals in and out, time in “The City”, and always at least one Broadway show. It was becoming a wonderful tradition. That was how it had been for us, the start of a month-plus long focus on love, family, friends, clients, food, drink, appreciation and gratitude. So much to be thankful for!
This year is different. We are choosing to not gather with family, friends or clients. This year we are staying in Ketchum/Sun Valley, the beautiful and amazing place that we are fortunate enough to call “home”. We are making this choice, as difficult and disappointing as it is, and as tired and frustrated as we are with distancing, and masking, and not “doing” because we do not want to put ourselves or anyone else at risk. We are making this choice because we hope that in the larger scheme of things, that by giving up what we want so badly to do right now, we will be able to more quickly get back to the “normal” way of doing things. So, this year our holidays will be a lot smaller, much quieter, and we will be making good use of FaceTime and my Zoom account.
This year is different. Despite that, what I feel is most important to remember is that there is still so much to be grateful for – regardless of what any of us will not be doing. For me, the fact that I will not be with family, friends, and clients for the holidays in the way that I “normally” would be, actually brings into very sharp focus the gratitude for all of the wonderful people I am blessed to have in my life.
Here is wishing that you and yours can find all that there is to be grateful for and that you have a great Thanksgiving and holiday season – thank you for being a part of who and what I am grateful for!
Be well. Stay healthy.
With Boundless Gratitude,