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As we begin the holiday season, I think of a remark by American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson: "I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new."
Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first and official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863. It was during this time that Thanksgiving became an official national holiday; declared on the fourth Thursday of every November.
Thanksgiving always causes me to hit the “pause button” and remind myself that to be thankful for what I have is more fulfilling than longing for what I may “want”.
At the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, we want and need things to be able to achieve our mission and vision. However, I take this time to be thankful of what we have: great parents, amazing and bright Club members, caring community partners, thoughtful volunteers, and dedicated, inspiring staff. We owe a debt of gratitude to our Board members, who give so generously of their time, talent, and treasure.
During this month of thanks, I ask you to take a moment or two to reflect on what makes you feel grateful. Try creating a gratitude journal, or maybe even start with a list. More importantly, take the time to recognize those to whom you are grateful for—a heartfelt thank you can go a long way.
We will reap long-lasting personal rewards if we choose to make a habit of feeling grateful and appreciative on a regular basis.
With a thankful heart, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!