As part of our agency recognition of Thanksgiving, it was proposed by one of the Savants that each of us write down three things for which we’re thankful. As I perused the list, I was struck by a couple of things: first, family was mentioned by each and every person; second, there was little reference to material things, except for street tacos, football, Uggs and good books; third, every-thing coalesced around people, food, experiences, music, good health and many of the basic things we need for subsistence and a fulfilling human experience.

The holidays are a favorite of time year for me for a number of reasons, most notably as a chance to recognize the things for which we’re grateful, but also as an opportunity to overtly share our gratitude with others. As we begin to wind down the year with appreciation for our good fortune, I am inspired by this quote by JFK, reminding us that the greatest gift we can give ourselves is to let gratitude light up our path each and every day, and in so doing enrich the lives of others.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

–John F. Kennedy