Before You Carve the Turkey . . .

Before you mash the potatoes and set the table, we ask that you do something. Not for us, but for you.

We want you to take a few moments to take inventory—not of material things or stuff you can sell. We want you to take inventory of your life.

We know life can get busy, especially around this time of year. We’re rushing around, trying to see people when they’re in town and trying to make it to family gatherings. We’re looking for the perfect presents and planning the perfect parties.

And sometimes, in the chaos of it all, we forget how truly blessed we are. We forget to look around and see the smiles. We forget to tell people how happy we are to have them in our lives. We forget that it’s OK to be present in the moment.

We forget to notice all the things that make this time of year so very special—all the things that we’re thankful for, every day.

So take inventory.

Take inventory of the people sitting around you and remember those who would like to be there, too. Remember that the faces that surround you might be different next year, so cherish the ones with you now.

Take inventory of all your best moments this year, personally or professionally. Reflect on your accomplishments, big and small. It’s OK to give yourself a pat on the back for all of life’s victories.

Take inventory of the memories you’ve created. Think back to your best days of the year. What made them so special? How can you create more moments like that in the future?

Take inventory of all your blessings. There are many, even when you don’t realize it. If this year has been particularly rough for you, know that the tough times will get better, as long as you don’t give up. And in the meantime, take some time to be thankful for the good things in your life.

What are the things that make you smile every day?

What are the reasons you get out of bed each morning?

What are you looking forward to?

When you answer these questions, you’ll know exactly what you should be thankful for.

In the spirit of giving thanks, we want to thank each and every one of you for being on this journey with us. You are all so very special to us, and our only wish for the upcoming year is to see you succeed, personally and professionally. Your success is our success, and we are here to lift you up.

We’re so very thankful for you, and we’re blessed to call this our community.

Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.