New Year Wishes
And Thoughts of Gratitude
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my clients, colleagues and friends for all that you have given to me in 2016.
At this time of year I look back and reflect on how lucky I have been. I am blessed to have a wonderful, loving wife and two great kids, clients who I genuinely enjoy and friends who make life that much more fun. 2016 was a busy year professionally and personally and 2017 looks to be the same. As those of us in the elder care field know, life is a marathon not a sprint. There are and have been ups and downs but when I look back I see how I have benefitted incredibly from the relationships I have developed. To my wife who has supported me through caregiving, the deaths of loved ones and other health issues. To my children who give me a reason to act better and continue to push forward when I want to stop. To the colleagues who give me perspective and knowledge in areas that I lack. I say thank you.
To my clients. I have said it before and I will say it again, I learn so much from my clients. They are the spouses, children and friends who step up to the plate and do the right thing. I am a so much better person because of the examples set by people who are going through incredibly difficult life experiences and still manage to show the best in humanity. Because of them I am a better caregiver to my mother and was able to be a better, more understanding caregiver to my father and brother when they needed it. These wonderful examples along with a solid helping of Jewish guilt have helped me become a better person by trying to come close to the generosity exhibited by these people who expect no thank you and do what’s right because it is right. I really cannot express how these relationships have affected me. I am not yet as good as I want to be but I will keep trying because of the example set by these incredible people.
2017 is likely to hold a lot of unknowns given the current political landscape. But one thing I do not is no matter what changes come down the pike, we are all in it together and that does give me some comfort. And I will go forward in that journey knowing that negativity gets nothing done and that is not the example I want to show to my children. Positive thinking alone will not change the future but positive actions will. I look forward to many positive actions going forward.
So wishing all of my family, friends, clients and colleagues a wonderful holiday season and a truly happy and healthy 2017. And I look forward to seeing, talking to and emailing you in 2017.