Word of the Month: December 2017

Every month I send out a Word of the Month to my branch. I thought I’d share this one:

The end of the year is a fantastic time for reflection upon one’s life and a celebration of one’s good fortune. I’m
generally a melancholy person unless I am making an effort to be social. During the holidays I try and notice how
lucky I am. You and I share a lot of that fortune, so I invite you to celebrate it yourself. Are lucky enough:

  1. To live in the United States which, for all its flaws, is one of the highest standards of living in the world
  2.  To live without a daily struggle for food or clean water (which is a problem for millions of people around the
    world – including some right here in America)
  3.  To have the advantages of telecommunication (just think about the internet and what it was like before we had
    all in the information humanity has ever gathered – minus the recipe for Greek Fire – at our fingertips 24/7.
    Then just think about your cell phone. We all have one and we can call anywhere in the world, at any time for
    very, very little cost)
  4. To have a high degree of confidence in our personal safety everywhere we go. This is not the situation for a lot
    of the world.
  5. To be gainfully employed in an industry with no caps on earning potential
  6. To have the opportunity to improve someone’s life
  7. To have been born in this day and age. No plagues, relatively little war, running water, sewer systems,
    electricity, and readily available chocolate in various forms
  8. To have people in our life that care (and if you think you don’t, you’re wrong – at the very least, know that I
    care)
  9. The list can go on, give it a thought for a minute

One of our branch’s clients recently lost their spouse unexpectedly. I can barely wrap my mind around loss of that
magnitude. So, whatever your complaints are today – keep them in perspective and be thankful for what and who
you have, and spend less time focusing on what you don’t have because time is fleeting and unmerciful.

Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life,
for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies
in yourself.” – Tecumseh (maybe)

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusionto clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” –
Melody Beattie