“Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.”  

Stephen King

We have all heard that “an attitude of gratitude” will improve our daily outlook. That we should approach every situation looking for that silver lining, or the positive in a field of negatives. In a year like this one has been, that can be incredibly difficult!

I found this quote from one of my favorite authors this morning, and it helped me to focus on many of the people whom I’m grateful for this year, and to realize that without them I wouldn’t be where I am now: 

Thank you to the people at the grocery store, the bookstore and everywhere I go for wearing masks and wiping down surfaces.

Thank you to the medical professionals who keep working to take care of me through this year, under often less than ideal circumstances.

Thank you to all those in essential businesses, who kept things running throughout the shutdown.

Thank you to teachers who have become so creative in teaching our kids and keeping them engaged and current on their studies.

Thank you to my coaches, who kept me healthy and fit during the shutdown! 

Thank you to the inventor of ZOOM!!!

Thank you to our Team at Marathon Financial Advisors, who make every day better for me, our clients and each other. 

Thank You to our Clients for your trust and confidence in us through the years.  Some of those years have been more trying than others, but you continue to share your goals and dreams with us and allow us to be part of your journey.  We are thankful to know you!

Of course, I could write pages and pages of people that I’m thankful for,I might still miss some.  I’m sure your lists might be different; I think that is the point!  To keep this in the forefront of our minds, and to make being thankful for the others in our lives an ongoing exercise in gratitude.

None of us would be where we are today without the people in our lives who teach us, care for us and support us throughout each day.  As we head into the Holidays and I worry about whether I will get to see family and friends in person (or via ZOOM) and think about what the New Year will bring, I will remember to be grateful for and to thank those who every day lift me up and make my life better, and hope that in some small way I can do the same for them!