It's November, and we know what that means: The holidays are right around the corner! At least, that's what retailers would have us think.
But before I deck my halls, I always stop and take stock of the things I'm grateful for.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Not because I'm overly fond of turkey or cranberry, but because all too often we get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we forget to appreciate the good that surrounds us. I honestly believe that one of the best ways to lead a happy life is to have an attitude of gratitude.
And gratitude is something the residents of Big Sister League have plenty of. Earlier in the year, we hosted our first Brunch with the Board. Board members arrived mid-morning and cooked for the 15 residents of the 4th Avenue Home. We all ate together and then each person, board member and resident alike, told a bit of their story.
It didn't take long before it was overwhelming clear that each woman present was thankful that BSL existed. Their reasons varied, though most residents were grateful for their home, and the staff and their unflagging support. They appreciated the breakfast they were eating and the board members for caring. And time and again, they were grateful for being alive and in a better place mentally, physically, and emotionally, than when they had first come to live there.
It was a humbling experience, and extremely heartwarming. It helped me remember the things I am grateful for, and certainly counted among them is BSL—for giving me a way to make a meaningful impact.
Until next month,
Wendy Hunter Barker,
BSL Executive Board President