I cannot express to you how important good manners are to me. Incredibly important.
One of the biggest ways to completely rub me the wrong way is to not thank, show appreciation, or congratulate someone for something good another has demonstrated. It's just in poor taste not to do so.
We are heading into the American holiday of Thanksgiving. Traditionally, we take a day to give thanks for the bounty that this beautiful country has given us.
Sure - the holiday is based on this "tale" about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. But let's get real, the settlers raped/killed/stole from the Native Americans... however, at the end of the day, we do live in a pretty amazing country.
What I like to concentrate on is the beauty of the year. It's the end of November, the trees have gone from barren, to fruitful/flowerful/green, to something that may very well seem magical - covered in vibrant, shimmery leaves that look as if they are on fire... only to go barren, again. It's as if the entire year has lived, and now.. we rest before the birth of a new day comes. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all of the good of the year, and that's exactly what I plan to do in the next 7 posts.
2013 was full of surprises. TONS of change. Incredible advances. A few setbacks.
I am thrilled to have experienced it all. Some people I know never got that chance. I lost a few people this year. I gained a few people this year. I made some incredible changes that have afforded me the opportunity to grow.
I am looking forward to sharing my gratitude with all of you this next week. I am also super excited to always share some little portion of my life with you. Whoever you are, and whatever you do - I am glad you have stopped by.