So there I was, sitting in church Sunday, not really paying attention because I kept mentally drifting away trying to come up with my long overdue blog topic. I was in a not-so-pleasant state-of-mind because I actually dread blogging (I will get to that later). But then suddenly, the pastor said something that caught my attention and snapped me back into the moment:
Don’t you just hate it when you go to church and you feel like the pastor is calling you out? It was like he was saying to me directly: “Hey! Hey you, over there, this message is for you so you might want to pay attention. And, by the way, if you want, feel free to blog about it.”
Message received, loud and clear.
So, in this special season of thanksgiving and sharing, I thought I would share a little about those things that I am grateful for…things I never should – but occasionally do – take for granted.
- The Gift of Freedom – As an American, I am grateful for the freedoms and liberties that I am afforded that too few in this world will truly know. Freedom for the little things – like expressing my views in a blog – which I too often taken for granted, because let’s be honest, they haven’t really cost me much. But that doesn’t mean a heavy price hasn’t been paid by someone. And because of that, I am grateful to those who have paid that price to provide me that freedom and those who sacrifice even today to protect that freedom – our veterans and current military personnel.
- Family & Friends Who Make Life Worth Living – I am grateful that I have a family that I adore and a few good friends who accept me for who I am. Good friends who make me laugh and keep me humble because they know the real me, not just the healthcare executive. They enrich my life with their presence.
- Serving in a Vocation Dedicated to Helping Others – I am grateful for the privilege of working in healthcare and to be able to make a living by providing help to others in their greatest time of need. I sometimes take this privilege for granted as I get caught up in the “business” of healthcare and lose sight of the purpose of healthcare. Moreover, how fortunate I am to be able to pursue my passion for healthcare in a company like Capella Healthcare.
- A Peace That Surpasses All Understanding – And finally, in a world increasingly marked by chaos and calamity, I am grateful that I have obtained – through no effort on my own but through grace alone – a Peace that surpasses all understanding (James 16:33).
Earlier I said I dreaded blogging (actually all social media) and here’s why. While I love to communicate with others, I hate the unilateral nature of blogging where it’s me “talking” and the reader “listening.” I much prefer an exchange, an interaction, a sharing of thoughts and ideas. Unlike many social media platforms that tend to be author-centric, I don’t presume my thoughts are in any way more interesting or valid than yours. I admit it, I simply don’t get the whole “look at me,” selfie generation.
But you can help me with that, at least this one time.
If you have already wasted five minutes of your life reading this, do me a favor and in the comments section mention something that you are grateful for this season. It could be one word, one paragraph or one page – doesn’t matter. From across Capella, we will take your words of gratitude and create a graphic that conveys our corporate sense of gratitude and I will share with you right before the New Year.
Who knows, I might even write a blog about it…
Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to all!
P.S. The art above was drawn by Matthew Hazzard, seven year-old son of Jennifer Hazzard, RN, who works at Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton, Oklahoma. Matthew, who was one of the Grand Prize winners in Capella’s 2nd Annual Children’s Holiday Art Contest, certainly seems to understand the concept of thankfulness, even at age seven. To see all of the winning art, visit our website: Children’s Holiday Art Contest.