– there is always something & someone to be thankful for; take the time
to recognize & appreciate those real things & moments…
It will make you smile!
As an extension of the above sentiments, below is an email received yesterday from my friend Bob Kemp, the owner of Oaktree Products, Inc. (and my place of employment) that I felt was very fitting to share:
Margy and I have friends in Washington, IL, a town recently devastated by a tornado in November. We drove up to help them not really knowing what to expect. I have never seen the aftermath of such a storm and you simply cannot describe it. Photos do not do justice to what you see when you are there in person. I was amazed by the generosity that strangers displayed and the spirit of those affected. Our friends, their children and pets were all safe and sound. Is sounds so cliché but you always hear, “you can replace all of the things but you cannot replace the lives”. That was the thing that was so clear to me as I stood looking at all of the wreckage. Even the most beautiful object is just another “object” when it is broken and covered in mud and drywall dust. They can all be replaced. What matters is family and friends. Thanksgiving will be special for me this year. We all have so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Life throws all of us a curve ball. While taking the time to be thankful my not make the crappy stuff go away, it does bring a moment of peace when you truly appreciate things that can easily be taken for granted. I am so thankful to be employed by Bob and Margy Kemp of Oaktree Products who “get it” when it comes to the important things in life; they have given me the opportunity to be in Boulder, CO with my sister and her family for an extended period of time during a time of need. This Thanksgiving will also be super special for me. So, as a small favor, please take the time to stop and think about the things for which you are truly thankful. And, by all means, share! It will make both of us (and everyone else reading this post) smile! Happy Thanksgiving.