This is really a great time of year, my favorite for sure. More so Christmas than Thanksgiving, and most times I’m looking past Thanksgiving for Christmas to come. Most years we’ll have all our Christmas shopping done by the end of November, not necessarily because we are great at planning ahead, I think its more because Amanda and I get super excited about Christmas and giving gifts. For the past almost 10 years we’ll go out and cut down a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, and decorate the house. But it is good to step back and really focus on what we’re thankful for. It can be easy to miss this with our day to day lives, with all the things that can bring us down. Each year to help our family focus on being thankful, Amanda has a “do a thankful” notebook. Each day we all write something new we’re thankful for along with how we blessed someone that day. Honestly there’s days where its hard to fill out. Usually its because of busyness and not wanted to take the time to do it. But I really appreciate her doing that, and keeping us all focused on being thankful. And yes, we really should be thankful like this all year round, but at the same time I think its good to make it more of a priority this time of year.
I’m sure I could find a lot of things I think I need, but I do have a lot to be thankful for. First I have a relationship with a God that loves and cares for me. That alone really IS enough, but I have so much more to be thankful for. My family, really give my life purpose, and keep things exciting. I’m thankful for my brother bringing me into the Healthsprout family, and finally being able to support my family financially (being a full time student with a wife a 3 children, was very difficult when you have that desire to be providing) with a job I love, in an environment I love. I’m thankful to be a part of this new chapter for Healthsprout, and the lives we can help. I’m thankful for my parents, and that they drove down from Buffalo, NY to be here for the new office opening and Thanksgiving. I’m especially thankful they made it, as just a few days before they planned on leaving my father was admitted to the hospital with a possible heart attack. I’m thankful it wasn’t a heart attack, and he is fine now, and that my parents are both healthy. I’m thankful for all the people that we’ve gotten to know since moving here about a year and a half ago. I think I could go on all night writing this. I’m thankful for you, the patients and supporters of Healthsprout, and our mission to change the world. We are nothing without you. Thank you!
– Dr. Mark
I am happy to share thanks with so many of you for so many reasons. Just like Dr. Mark dug deep to represent his feelings. I could do the same, and hopefully you could do the same.
I am grateful for one key thing. Love. I appreciate the love we receive from you, and I appreciate the love that you freely give to those around you. In our office, there is often an energy that can be palpated. That energy is often misplaced as being mine, but the reality, is that it is yours. Together we make a magnetic energy that brings all of us up a notch. So on this Thanksgiving, I not only am thankful for you, but I ask you to expand your escalation, from our office, into your life, and into culture.
There is much work to do in order to bring love to everyone, but I think we can do it.
Be well and Be blessed – Dr. Eric