Taking time to slow down and be grateful   Leave a comment

Well… it’s Thanksgiving time again, which is supposed to be a time when we relax, take stock of our lives and rejoice in all we have to be thankful for.  Relax?, with kid’s dance performances, sport activities, holiday parties and potlucks, everything seems busier than ever.  It’s going to be one long race until January 2nd when I can hopefully put my feet up and think about 2012.

Let’s try to remind ourselves to slow down, take a step back and use Thanksgiving as an opportunity for gratitude? Even when we are feeling stuffed from a great family get together or exhausted from driving all over the country visiting family and friends, let’s take a minute to express our gratitude for the good things that we have.

I can be thankful first and foremost for the fact that I am alive…walking, talking, laughing. That is one huge gift.

Then there is my family, including teenage twins. Sounds scary, but I just read comments on Facebook from another North Tahoe High School grad about her son graduating and leaving the nest.  She remembered when she left home her father told her, “Just when you got interesting you were gone.”

Then of course there is the place where we live. One minute it’s a raging snowstorm, the next it’s a peaceful blanket of white, lying below an impossibly blue sky. We have hiking, biking, skiing, and a ton of other things to enjoy, but we also have a great community of folks who moved here because they loved the place…and then they somehow found a way to make a living and stay here.

Besides my family and community activities, I get to work with challenging, enlightening, wonderful and heart warming people from all over the world.  I either find them their own little piece of mountain paradise, or I help them move into a different direction in life. It’s incredibly hard, but fulfilling work, especially in the current real estate economy, but when you see the expression on someone’s face when you hand them the keys to their new home, it’s worth it, and a blessing.

So thanks to everyone who contributed to making my life full and interesting this past year. May you find gratitude in your life as well.

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