It’s Thanksgiving week and Thanksgiving signals the start of the Christmas season. In many homes and many communities the lights come on and the tree goes up about the same time as the dishes are put away from the Thanksgiving meal.
The Thanksgiving Holiday is often busy and many of you will begin Christmas shopping at the strike of midnight in hopes of taking advantage of Black Friday Deals! Before you cook your turkey or boil your potatoes take just a minute to remember all the things you have to be thankful for.
I’m thankful for my family. No family is perfect and mine is certainly no exception. Balancing family, career, social commitments and the requirements of life isn’t easy. Knowing that I have a family that loves me unconditionally (and trust me, I’ve tested them) makes everything easier. I’m thankful that I’m a parent. I know I already said I was thankful for my family but being thankful that I’m a parent is very different. Many of you have been parents much longer than me and you are parents to many more children than me, afterall I have only been a parent less than 3 years and I only have one child. Life’s perspective changed significantly when my son was born, I thought I knew what love was and I thought I had a pretty good perspective on life prior to becoming a parent. Being a parent causes a person understand what is truly important in life and it’s not anything you have or anything you do, it’s who you are and who you are is someone’s mother or father.
I’m thankful for friends and I’m especially thankful for the freinds I have who are more like family then friends.
I’m thankful to work for an organization that, like a family, may not be perfect but cares about one another and forgives one another when they make mistakes. I’m thankful that GVMH lives its Mission every day “To provide exception health and wellness services with friendliness and compassion”. I’m thankful to work for a health care organization that prioritizes patient care ahead of profit. I’m thankful to work for an organization that cares about the community it serves and makes decisions based on community needs.
Speaking of community, I’m thankful to be a part of a community that has great civic pride. Clinton was recently awarded the Grand Prize at the Missouri Community Betterment Awards Celebration and Clinton is the first community to win the award three times in the past 15 years. There is a reception at the Elk’s Lodge this Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30, I encourage you to stop by and see the trophy – it’s impressive!
Finally, I’m thankful to work with such a great goup of people. We all get caught up in our daily routine and work requirements but if you take just a minute to think about the skills and talents of those you work with each and every day, you will be impressed. GVMH has excellent physicians, patient care and support staff who do great things every day. GVMH also has great facilities and top notch technology. GVMH staff care deeply about their patients and one another and it shows. As I type this blog there is a great example of how much staff care about one another just outside my office.
The entry to my office is “clogged” with Christmas Baskets donated by staff. Anyone can buy chances on the baskets worth hundreds of dollars and the funds generated all go to the employee benevolence fund to help our own.
I have a lot to be thankful for and so do you- take a minute to reflect and give thanks this Thanksgiving.
I want to leave you with this quote from Emma Bombeck:
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-time takes twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”