A Season of Gratitude for Service

When the holidays come around, I always think about the people in our community who serve, such as police officers, fire fighters, military personnel, social workers and, yes, healthcare workers. At a time of the year, when many of us are able to take a breather from our busy lives and enjoy the company of our loved ones and friends, they may be asked to do even more. They remain at their "posts," so to speak, continuing to give.

When I worked at a hospital, I saw how the staff working over the holidays did as much as possible to make things a little easier for patients and their families. I realized how truly special healthcare workers are – special people with deep compassion, especially for the vulnerable and needy. The Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care is sharing heartfelt, real stories of the compassion delivered in our hospitals across the country every day. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook, they are amazing.

At a time when our society often seems gripped by conflict and crisis, now is the time to take a moment to think about and thank those who serve in so many different capacities, often at a sacrifice to themselves and their families. Expressing gratitude and appreciation for what they do might help us to put our own challenges in perspective.

As Robert Holden said, “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”

Be present for those who serve this time of year and always.

Enjoy your holidays! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate it!