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Happy Thanksgiving!

October 03, 2017  |     |   0 Comment

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  William Arthur Ward

We each play a part in making our lives and the lives of others better.  Consideration, civility, kindness and respect should be at the forefront of how we act and treat others. When we show up as our best selves; when we live our best lives; when we treat others the way we want to be treated – we can make a positive difference.

This weekend we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving.  It is the time of year that reminds us to slow down and take stock of our good fortune, successes, and all for which we are grateful; to make a focused effort to live each and every day with gratitude and appreciation; and to give back to those who have made our lives all the better.

Gratitude is about giving thanks, for acknowledging all that you have, all that you feel, and all that you love – both personally and professionally. What are you grateful for? To whom, or what, do you need to give thanks? Make a list.  Reach out to those who have made a difference in your life and say “thank you.”

I’m grateful to be celebrating this Thanksgiving weekend with dear friends who will be visiting Ottawa.  I’m looking forward to creating a special meal, sharing wine collected in my travels, setting a festive table, sharing stories, laughing together and creating incredible memories.

As the hostess, I plan to give a welcome toast, and will then ask each of my guests to share something or acknowledge someone for whom they grateful. I have found this to be a fun and inspirational tradition at Thanksgiving; one of great value to everyone sitting around the dinner table together.

What ever your Thanksgiving tradition may be, I hope you will take the time to pause and acknowledge all the things for which you are grateful and those in your life whom have made a positive difference. May gratitude fill your home and heart this Thanksgiving weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


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