Most know by now that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. We had it early this year due to a trip ironically to Turkey. I am excited to be with our licensee and good friend Akin and share the Polestar Experience with Istanbul. It was great as always to be with family and friends, and to enjoy amazing food and company. However, this year I felt a deep sense of gratitude for a number of things that I couldn’t wait to share with my family. As we went around the table sharing what we are thankful for, emotions welled up and laughter was expressed as we each shared the things that we are so thankful for. The most common expression of gratitude had to do with family and relationships. This year I have three major things that I wanted to share that I am grateful for:
- The Individual – It seems as I am in front of larger and larger groups every week teaching and sharing knowledge about health and happiness. I find that I am more and more inclined to look forward to the one on one time with individuals (family, friends, patients, students, teachers). Something about the intimacy and trust when faced with a one on one situation is very special. It seems we have the choice to be superficial or to really dive in and talk from the heart. I am thankful for all the opportunities to share the latter.
- Stewardship – I have been blessed with amazing stewardships and though I am not always worthy of such a responsibility, I appreciate the trust that God and the universe have given me to be a husband, a parent, a brother, a best friend, an employer, a care giver, a steward of land and much, much more. I am grateful for the great leaders in the universe who do so with humility, unconditional love, compassion and kindness.
- First World Problems – This fall, as many of you know, we had a brush up with Irma and suffered minor losses and inconveniences. As uncomfortable as it was to be without AC and running water for a few weeks it is nothing compared to what millions around the world suffer with on a daily basis. I am grateful for the reminder that we are truly blessed with so many comforts and even more impressed with our obligation to take care of our brothers and sisters who are truly suffering on an ongoing basis.
- I pray that this Thanksgiving holiday be filled with a surplus of gratitude. May we all be thankful for the things that we take for granted and may we all feel moved to donate time, money and service to others or other organizations who serve those who are not as fortunate as we are.