Be safe everyone as you travel. Estimates according to AAA are that close to 90% of Americans will travel for Thanksgiving. One of my favorite comedy movies was “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” It is the misadventures of two likely travel partners trying to get home to be with family (kinda). Fortunately I do not plan to have such travel adventures this week.
What I do hope is that you will be thankful for those who really are your family – those near or far away – those who love you unconditionally – those who will stand beside you no matter what – those who will go the extra mile for you – those who love you for who you are – those who think you hung the moon and stars – and those who are willing to keep you humble but do it with grace and mercy. We all need family like that. Albert Schweitzer, physician and missionary once said, “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
People come alive when you compliment and thank them. Cheap praise doesn’t really do the trick but authentic acknowledgment of their value and worth can be one of the most meaningful things you share with another. Many people go quietly about their day with no encouragement or recognition – be the ONE to say thank you and show it. How far would you travel to tell someone what they mean to you? Keep that in mind if you take to trains, planes, or automobiles this Thanksgiving.