In October the operative word for most of us is HOPE when we consider the strides that clinical research has made in so many areas of our lives. This month, it is natural to turn to the word thanksgiving. Not simply because of the national holiday, family gatherings and turkey dinners, but because we have a lot to be thankful for.
Leading my long T-list would be the fine friends and family that have surrounded and encouraged me over the years. Some of those relationships were fleeting, most are on-going, but all are worth a spot at the top. I am also thankful for the continual opportunities that present themselves to expand my area of thanksgiving. For example, in September, my sister got married to a wonderful man she met through work. His family is from Mexico, and to get to know him and his beautiful extended family has meant so much to me, that I can't help but be thankful. Not just for my sister, who deserves a wonderful husband, but for myself to have been included in such a loving community.
We all have colleagues and acquaintances who touch our lives in varied ways. The sweetest part of being thankful can be expressing gratitude. This month, let's express our thanks to those that we care about; those who have enlarged our lives in some way. This might be challenging for some - but well worth the effort. I encourage YOU to reach out in thanksgiving. You won't regret it!