Giving Thanks

This is not my normal business related update, but then it seems appropriate as Thanksgiving approaches. A recent conversation with my mom taught me a lot about being thankful and it seemed worth sharing.

Mom is one of those people who has every right to complain. She’s 93-years old, having struggled through the Great Depression and helped her country during World War II. Now age is catching up with her and she needs a walker to get around. She has macular degeneration that has taken most of her eyesight. For a person who loves to read, bird watch, and travel, blindness is quite a blow. The hardest part, the most difficult thing she has lived through, is losing her daughter (my older sister) to cancer about a decade ago. Losing a child is a deep sadness, and it’s surprising the grief doesn’t simply crush her.Dee_Goble

But overall, she’s surprisingly upbeat for a person who openly admits she longs to move on to heaven. She can laugh, she can tease, she can joke, and she brightens up around friends, family, little kids, and gentle dogs.

I asked her, “Mom, how is it that you fight off the sadness? How do you push it away?”

Her answer was simple, “I’m thankful. Whenever I feel down, I start to think about all the things that I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for good parents who cared for me, a life of travel, children that love me, a warm home, and for knowing where my next meal is coming from. I’m thankful for friends, for the fascinating people I’ve met, and most of all, for the grace of God. There is a lot to be thankful for and I dwell on that when I’m down. It seems to work.”

And that, my friends, is a great thing to contemplate this Thanksgiving. May you too be thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Goble Properties.




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