As we wait for our Thanksgiving meal to finish cooking, I would like to ask something of you all. If you are reading this, whether on Thanksgiving, or some point in the future, please take a moment to think of people in your life. Is there someone in your life that you spend a lot of time thinking “if only” about? Is there a family member or friend that you have stepped away from due to some perceived issue? I’m not talking about someone who has abused you in some way. I’m talking about the friend from college who really mattered to you, but after a spat, you drift apart for years. Or the cousin that due to a family divorce, you haven’t connected in years.  Your child who you don’t speak to often because you don’t like his/her spouse, life choices, decision to move across the country, etc.

If there is someone like that in your life, I am asking you to find a way to reach out. Could you send a text that says you are thinking of that person? A text or email that reminds them of a good memory? A note sent in the mail that just says that you care, no matter what? It doesn’t have to be picking up the phone and talking for hours, it can be something smaller if that feels more comfortable. Just do it!

Some people you reach out to will not be ready to accept that overture. That’s okay. You will know that you tried, and I hope you will keep trying.

We don’t get to know how long we will live, nor how long people in our lives will live. But we can decide to not live with regrets about wishing that we had reached out when we had the chance.

Wishing you all love, peace, joy and time for gratitude today and every day!

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