A powerful Thanksgiving habit…

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We had a blustery New England weekend – high winds, rain, even some snow! I’m not sure if it’s the weather or the time of year, but it seems November always gets me thinking about the upcoming holidays – and spending quality time with family and friends.

There’s so much to be thankful for and I’ve written about this in past newsletters.

However, I’ve recently discovered a powerful new habit. Every night, before going to bed, I write down several things from that day which I’m thankful for. These are just single words in a simple list. For example, this morning the sun is shining, our heating system is functioning, I worked out at the gym, I hugged my daughter, and walked my son to the bus. Later tonight I may write these words:

“I’m thankful for: sunshine, heat, my son, my daughter, health, bus drivers.”

That’s it. It only takes a few minutes, but it feels incredibly powerful to look back at the end of the day and silently recognize those things (more importantly, the PEOPLE) which have made this day special. After doing this for many months, I’m noticing  some recurring themes – I’d call these the “extra thankful for” list. This includes my wife, my children, my health, my piano – and YOU. There are countless days when I write a name of someone who purchased an album, connected with me on social media – or just dropped me a quick note. Yes, I’m super thankful to be sharing this musical journey together.

What are you thankful for today?  I’d love to hear from you…

Happy Thanksgiving.

– Gary

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