If I take a look at the people who are in my life—and that includes all of you—then this is the moment when I can express great gratitude. Thank you for being part of this journey with me.
When I think about feeling grateful, I could tell you about my husband, Joe, who is adorable, funny, kind and the smartest man I know. (I am working on the Book of Joe. It’s the greatest love story ever told.) I could tell you about my children: each one is a miracle and an unfolding story, a saga, the stuff of great literature that defies being pigeon-holed into a single genre. My sister, Sarah, touches every person she encounters and leaves everyone a little better off than she found them. These are the people who I carry under my skin every day of my life.
Then there are the people I encounter in during the day-to-day course of my life. Some I know through business: clients, co-workers, colleagues, and vendors; others are there too: checkers in the grocery store, merchants, the pianists in dance class, teachers, writers, neighbors, and friends, real friends, online friends, some close by, and some faraway. They are all as familiar and as comforting as family, and I am grateful to have every single person in my life.
On feeling grateful: Whatever you’re doing this very instant, there should be a realization that this same moment will never come again. And for that reason alone, you should feel grateful. Here, you are now, and then in a flash the moment is gone, forever. Of all the things in this world that you still have yet to do, letting the people in your life know that you are grateful to have them in your life is the most important thing you can do. There is no better time to say thank you than during Thanksgiving. Thank you to all of you!
Happy Thanksgiving! –Patricia Vaccarino