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What I am Thankful For

Published November 24, 2010 6:04 PM by Glen McDaniel

It's that time of year when we get a day off from work to gorge ourselves, watch television and get ready for Christmas shopping. Asked, "What are you grateful for?" most people come up with the obvious "family, health, a job." These are all wonderful, legitimate things to be grateful for and which we too often take for granted.

Like many others I have had a challenging time recently and I have been thinking, "What am I grateful for?" Here is my own short list

  • Friends, family, gurus and those who support and validate me during hard times
  • Those who teach me patience; whether they realize it or not
  • Those circumstances that force me to draw on my resilience. Those who know me are aware that resilience is one of my interests and core values. It's always harder to practice it than to preach it. I am grateful for the oportunity to prove it works
  • My brain. That sounds odd. But I am grateful that -despite everything- I can think, moderate my thoughts and my attitude, regardless of what's happening around me.

For you, the list might be different. In addition to the obvious, you might be grateful for the decision to go for your dream, think outside the box, go back to school, learn a new skill.  If you have had the courage to step away from a job or other relationship that has not served you well, and not supported your best self, then  you should be proud-and grateful.

In addition to the obvious relationships- and being part of  a valuable profession that makes a difference in people's lives everyday- what else are you grateful for?



I am grateful I dont have to work either Christmas  or New Years. Generally at this job we can expect to work one or the other. I did work Thanksgiving and I realize we must be there as the lab to provide service to our patients.

I am having family from out of town and one of my colleagues volunteered to work for me this Christmas because she wanted to help me out.  I am grateful for my colleagues who are always so generous.

Silas T. MLS December 14, 2010 2:14 PM
Burlington VT

I am grateful for my job and kids. I am grateful that I avoided a close accident yesterday. I am proud of my profession and I lift my hat to all my brothers and sisters in the lab who work on holidays when others get time off. Patients need us and should be happy we are there for them. Even if they dont think of the lab, we know we are there for them.

Marcia K MT(ASCP) November 26, 2010 11:31 AM
Gloversville NY

I am grateful for my wife and 2 beautiful children. I am grateful for my job and the patients who need me enough to keep me in a secure job. I am grateful for those in our profession such as yourself who represent us so well.

Jonas, MT November 25, 2010 1:25 AM
Fremont CA

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