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December 2, 2015
I have always liked trees. As I sit in my office, I see a beautiful tree across the street. It’s a crape myrtle and its leaves are burning bright orange and red on this late autumn day. As I look at it, I realize how grateful I am to be peacefully enjoying this view within the confines of the city. That realization led me to other thoughts of gratitude. During this season of thanks and joy, I am grateful for our community and those who support us with their gifts, their service, and their talents. We could not do what we do without our community supporting us every step of the way.
I am grateful for our employees who always put seniors first. Many of our employees go out of their way to do special things for our clients and do not want recognition for their efforts. But, I know what they do, and I’m thankful on behalf of our clients.
I am grateful for the wonderful corporations in the Midlands area who support us with donations, and allow their employees to volunteer with us delivering meals and serving on our Board and committees. I am grateful for the many faith- and service-based organizations that regularly volunteer for us and donate to us.
In this season of thanksgiving and joy, it is easy to find many reasons to be grateful and many ways to find joy. The joy found in serving our clients, and the gratitude they have is humbling. My hope is that you too can find reasons to be grateful in the simple things, such as a tree outside your office window, and find the true joy that comes from serving others. If you can, then it is Thanksgiving year-round.