Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s simply about gathering, sharing a meal, having conversations, and enjoying being with those closest to you. At the end of the day, this is what matters most. Being close to those we love, giving and receiving each of our unique contributions, which creates a cornucopia of flavors, tastes, smells, and gifts.
It can be so refreshing, grounding-bringing us back to our roots.
In a world where striving, moving forward, being better, endless expectations on ourselves and others, having, wanting, are the norm…stripping life down to a simple question, to remind ourselves…what am I thankful for?
There is no doubt that we all have so many gifts in our lives to be thankful for:
- Living in a safe, clean place
- Clean drinking water and food
- Our health
- Our families
- For having a wonderful place to do such meaningful, life-changing work
- Opportunities to grow and develop
The list goes on and on. In fact, we are so fortunate that we forget that all over the world, people are trying to survive, to have their basic needs met. Let’s remember them this week in our prayers.
These times of celebration can also be a difficult time for people who have experienced loss or other trauma and for those so busy with the hustle and bustle. Having time to pause and reflect can produce a flood of emotions and allow exhaustion to catch up with them.
Let’s be reminded to make the extra effort to be kind or reach out to someone, to express our love or thanks more directly, and to take more time caring for ourselves and our loved ones.
Fall is the best time to quietly sow the seeds of the blooms that we want to see once the seasons change.
I am thankful for our TBE community, who truly serves as a beautiful beacon of hope.
- For parents, who have just been told that their most precious child has autism, who are scared, overwhelmed… our team provides a warm, welcoming, caring, bright, fun, and excellent service. We are there to hold their hand, guide them, provide hope, mentorship, and to make significant and meaningful changes in their child’s life. I know they are so thankful for our team.
- For our teammates who are looking for a place to belong, to continue their education and development, to make a difference in the world, for friendship and camaraderie, our Clinical and Leadership Team is committed to ensuring that a culture of teamwork and expertise is fostered and that the next wave of leaders is developed by realizing each person’s unique talents.
We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to do the work we do. Everyone in the community benefits from the shared passion to drive our mission forward- to provide hope and meaningful change. We make the world a better place, together.
We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you truly feel appreciated, are able tohave heartfelt connections and articulate to those you love the meaning they have in your life. It can transform hearts and provide the spark that someone needs. We hope you are showered with love and appreciation.
As we count our blessings, let’s remember:
The key to having it all, is knowing you already do.
MS, BCBA, LBA, Founder and CEO, The Behavior Exchange, Inc.