With the holidays in full swing, it is so easy to get caught up in the annual rushing, stressing, and experiencing that sense of too much to do and too little time. We all seem to lose sight of what and who really matters. Sometimes it takes unforeseen and difficult events to help us remember what is truly important.
This Thanksgiving brought just such unexpected circumstances to some of our team and put this message into such a personal perspective that we’ve chosen to share it with you as we move into the true holiday crunch.
Instead of welcoming her elderly parents to celebrate Thanksgiving with her in Florida, one of our team found herself traveling north the week before Thanksgiving to be with her elderly father who was having surgery. Expecting to return home in time to celebrate the holiday with extended family, complications from surgery resulted in multiple postponements of the trip back. While the outcome is now positive, Thanksgiving Day meant dinner in the hospital cafeteria with a worried mother, and bedside visiting with dad and his turkey and mashed potatoes. Yet it was a moment of sincere thankfulness and togetherness that will always be remembered, along with one of gratitude for all the hospital staff who were away from their own families to be present for their patients without any sign of resentment or regret.
Another team member faced a dilemma. Planning to travel home to be with family out of state on Thanksgiving, a last-minute urgent request from a client in need led her to selflessly postpone her trip and even to consider not going at all. Able to work out a solution, she left late and traveled home on Thanksgiving Day to be greeted by an elated family. Later, her sister shared concerns that a cousin in attendance was going through very tough times and was not in a good place. The thankfulness her cousin expressed for her being present for her – to allow her to talk, cry and laugh – made this a Thanksgiving to remember always.
As you think back on your most memorable holidays, from childhood to present, is it really the toy you quickly forgot about?
… or the sweater that was too big?
… or is it the smells, tastes, sounds, the reminiscences of family still here or gone, that are truly what you treasure?