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Words of Thanksgiving

     Oh sigh.  It's that time of year again.  That time to express our gratitude for all that we have.  Whether it's everything we want or not, we are grateful.  We are grateful for family no matter how crazy they are.  We are grateful for the material possessions we have because they bring us convenience and comfort.  We are grateful for our jobs because we are not homeless and hungry even if that job doesn't satisfy us completely or make us rich.  We are grateful for our health because even if we don't feel 100%, we are still breathing and opening our eyes every day.  We are grateful.  Whether you are grateful to God or some other entity you worship (for the record, I am grateful to God only), we take time to reflect on the current state of our lives.
     Since this is a communications blog, we should take time this Thanksgiving to say to God and anyone else we're grateful to that we appreciate them.  Thank your family and friends.  Thank your boss and your coworkers.  Thank anyone who you know has helped you at some point this year.  Let them know that you are not taking them for granted.  Words are powerful ointments for the soul.  You may be a soothing balm to someone who needs to feel appreciated today.  As the hustle and bustle of holiday time starts taking on that crazy life of its own, stop the whiplash movements of the season to say a kind word to someone.  Tell someone that you forgive them for some past wrong.  Ask someone for forgiveness for some past wrong you have committed.  Tell someone you've been trying to connect with for awhile that you are putting that precious time on your calendar right now and mean it.
     In a world filled with hateful, critical, and judgmental speech, take time to re-evaluate how you come across.  Think about how much more inspiring you can be to others, and exercise your ability to be kind through words of encouragement and love.  Happy Thanksgiving and I appreciate you for supporting and reading this blog.

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