Giving Thanks & Being Grateful
Posted: December 19, 2014
This is the time of year to give thanks and be grateful for all we have. As Christmas approaches and we prepare to embark on a new year, I am reminded of all of the things I am grateful for.
Since I slipped on the ice nearly five weeks ago and broke my left ankle, my life has turned a bit more hectic than usual. However, when I was laid up in the hospital for a day and slowly learned to walk with crutches while living in a motel room for the past month, I realized that I was starting to feel sorry for myself.
Shame on me. If anyone has a number of things to be grateful for, it is I. Despite my inability to move around normally, I have found ways to get by with what I have. There are millions of others who are less fortunate and that is why I reminded myself this week to be mindful of others who do not have the resources or opportunity to enjoy the holiday season like so many of us do.
I am most thankful for my immediate family that has helped me through this process. Lisa and her children, who are both UW-Eau Claire students, have been there for me and have helped remind me what is truly important. I am also grateful to others who have assisted me while I battle back from injury.
To the lady in Subway last week who poured my soda from the fountain, to the many who are kind enough to open doors for an individual on crutches - thank you. I am reminded how many good people we have here in the Chippewa Valley and have shared stories with many others about their falls on ice while living in the Upper Midwest.
2015 brings much hope and promise for me, both personally and professionally. In the next few weeks, the online edition of The Bottom Line will be officially launched. Passwords will be forwarded to subscribers so they are able to access the newsletter electronically via The Bottom Line web site (www.tblnet.com).
It has been about a year in the making, but many thanks to Lisa, my advertising director, and Tammy, my office manager, for being patient with me as we continue this journey in the technological world we live in today. I could not do all I do without the both of you.
May all of you have a very Merry Christmas and prosperous and healthy New Year. As always, there will be no issue of The Bottom Line for the next two weeks. That should give me time to heal.