Life is not always perfect, nor should it be. We have so many things flying at us these days due to technology and the new 24 hour cycle…bad economy, high unemployment, our politicians in D.C. incapable of agreeing on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the Penn State scandal, earthquakes, war, protests, and so on. We’re pretty sure you get the idea.
Even with all this said…we are thankful. We are thankful because we have the choice to focus on the good or the bad. We’re thankful that each day we’re given we can choose to be part of the solution or part of the problem. We’re thankful for each moment with each other, even when we may not be best buddies, because underneath that we know that we actually are. We’re thankful for all the people in our life (from those right here in Paso Robles to the network of people we’ve built around the world via technology), whether they were there for just an instant or they have been around for decades.
To simplify, we are thankful that as long as we are breathing we have a choice. Our choice is to continue to be better…better for each other, for our friends and family, and for our community. We feel that we understand the privilege of life and that we do not want to waste a second of it. We are thankful for every opportunity that has come our way as well as all the “not good” stuff because it has forced us to grow and shown us the importance of each second and helped us to appreciate the good so much more.
We are also thankful for the human spirit, even though all we hear about is how bad people are…there are those of you out there that are helping to feed the hungry, others that are waging the war against bullies, those that are making the ultimate sacrifice by dying for this country, those that are helping disabled children…and all the stuff in between. For each of you, we are thankful.
This Thanksgiving, we are choosing to focus on the good, as is our intention every day; but to still be aware of the not so good. We’re choosing to make the attempt to be present each and every moment and be compassionate toward others since we have not walked in their shoes. We’re choosing to help others when we can and try to motivate those that can hear us as so many have motivated us. We’re choosing to pay it forward when possible…whether it be with dollars or words, a can of food or opening a door. We’re choosing to live…we’re choosing to be thankful…truly thankful. What are you choosing?