“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest form of appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy reminds us to practice what we preach. Many people are very capable of putting many lovely words together but it has far greater impact for an individual to reflect and behave in a manner that is appreciative and thankful. One can never know the impact that he/she is capable of having on those around you. People should seek to live the essence of Thanksgiving daily. Now that the holiday has passed people need to not lose a grasp of the values that are important. The children that I was in contact with over the holiday were all indeed thankful for the meal that they were about to feast on. I tried to instill in them that the magic of the holidays is to live the joy that we experience on the celebratory day.
Following sustaining a brain injury there are certainly difficult times, yet people need to understand how fortunate they are to live. I try to remind myself of how fortunate we are to have heat and shelter as the weather begins to get chilly. The ability to take a warm shower is a freedom that far too many people take for granted. During the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas there are many food drives for those less fortunate than us. The holiday spirit is beginning to touch all of us and I try and remember this as I may get annoyed when looking for a parking spot. If an inconvenient parking spot is all I have to worry about during this time of year than I am incredibly fortunate. I try and reflect on John F. Kennedy’s quote every morning as I begin to start my day. We all could use more practice in living appreciation. I would love to hear any thoughts that anyone may have on this. Many of my friends are very concerned with instilling a culture of appreciation and thankfulness to their families and their children. My god daughter and my nephew are the two children that I have the most contact with. I try and remind them of how thankful and grateful they should be for all that they have. I hope that I am having a positive impact although I know that being very young it is sometimes difficult for children to truly realize how blessed they are. I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.