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Thanks, Gratitude and Hope

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have been on the road for a good portion of my life, always learning and growing, and ever wanting to do more and be more than I am.  This is something that makes me who I am, and I don’t know what I would do if I weren’t striving to making a bigger impact, working hard and always thinking about ways to make my life have more meaning.  At the same time, with increased age and knowledge comes the reminder, I think, that we need pauses to express our gratitude, and to reinvigorate hope within us.

I have struggled for a long time to figure out where I was headed, and I am grateful for having made a significant step forward this year – simply by meeting people will similar goals, and creating a business model around making a difference.  This year is the first year I’ve really been able to say “I set out to change the world,” and not feel like nobody knows what I’m talking about, or thinks I’m just naive or young.  I am thankful for my business partners giving up their incomes and past pursuits to put our heads together and figure out how to do more as six than we could as one.  It’s a very powerful and wonderful feeling.

I am grateful, of course, for my husband who loves me very much and supports me as I traverse the different occupations and worldviews to come up with the answers I seek.  He is truly patient and supportive.

I am thankful for being so lucky to have a grandfather who is a century old, through whose eyes I can see history repeating itself, wisdoms nearly forgotten, and enlightenment in timelessness.

Thank you all for being supportive of this endeavor, too, where I have grown so much and learned so much from you all.

I am grateful for a great many things in my life.  And with each reflection of gratitude, I find hope.  There are so many things I want to change about the world.  But as I surround myself with people who care, people who understand, and people who are actively making a difference, I am re-energized with belief that together we are stronger and can do more.

And so I restore my hope for tomorrow.

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3 comments to Thanks, Gratitude and Hope

  • Thank you for sharing your gracious heart and caring spirit with us again this year.

    I hope you have a wonderful celebration surrounded by those you love.

    Kind Regards

  • Happy Thanksgiving Melinda. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how important the role of optimists is in our world. I think you are one of them.

  • Belinda, you’re very sweet – thank you. It is incredible how the world has shrunk with the internet, and that we can all come together and support one another. I believe we’ve known each other for two years already! I hope you are well.

    Deb G, What an amazing compliment. I feel I have lost some of my optimism as I’ve gotten older – now sometimes I have to remind myself to look for what I can change, keep goals in sight, and move positively toward those goals. Thank you.

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