Thanksgiving — Keeping Sight of What Really Matters

I know there is a lot of public debate right now about when to officially kick off the holiday season.  It seems that every year the commercial aspect of the holidays starts a little earlier and gets pushed a lot harder.  That often leaves me with an uncomfortable feeling that we have somehow lost the intent and focus of the holidays.  With that in the back of mind, I was listening to my eight-year old son Max read me a book about the Pilgrims celebrating the first Thanksgiving feast.  It reminded me of how simple and important it is to give thanks for what we have now and what is yet to come.  His book shared that the first Thanksgiving feast between the Native Americans and the colonists lasted for three days as they recognized that living in peace was the bedrock for the future.  In fact, that peace lasted over 50 years.  Hearing Max read the story made me think of how fortunate I am to be a part of the leadership team at Reston Hospital Center, which is surrounded by compassionate, talented employees and physicians.  Too often we become singularly focused on the immediate tasks of our jobs that make us lose sight of the incredible impact our staff and physicians have on the patients we serve.  This Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for the compassion and service that is shown in our four walls year round.  Every day, we see the joy of births and healing and the heartbreak of sickness and end of life.  Through all of these events, we have each of you to thank for being such an important part of our mission of caring and compassion.  I hope you are able to spend some meaningful, quality time with your loved ones this holiday season. Thank you for making Reston Hospital Center such a special place in our community.

What are you most thankful for this year?

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2 Responses to Thanksgiving — Keeping Sight of What Really Matters

  1. Sara says:

    Love this poem….there is so much to be grateful for.

    “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
    It turns what we have into enough, and more.
    It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
    It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
    Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

    ~ Melody Beattie ~

  2. Analena Michelle Valdes says:

    Maybe we could spend a moment at the end of each day and decide to remember that day-whatever may have happened-as a day to be grateful for. In so doing we increase our heart’s capacity to choose joy.

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