Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks - Farmhouse Friday #16

During my days as a Corporate Trainer, I used a variety of exercises to teach various training topics.
One such exercise that I frequently used in a Customer Service training class, asked participants to share something out of the ordinary for which they were thankful.
I used that exercise in countless classes with hundreds of employees. 
Over the years, the answers ran the spectrum, but none were as profound as the response that was given one afternoon by a quiet young employee.
She shared that she was thankful that
she had bills to pay.

As you might expect, there were a couple of odd looks from some of the other participants until she clarified her statement.
She explained that because she had bills
it meant
she had a roof over her head,
a car to drive,
and heat to keep her children warm.
She ended by saying that some people may never know those things.
I am blessed with so many sweet memories from my days as a trainer, but moments like that one are the real treasures.
For those were the moments in which I learned more,
than I taught.
A heart of gratitude is the most precious thing any of us will ever possess, it will always lead us down the right path and remind us to enjoy the journey along the way. 

I pray that for all of us. 
Not just on Thanksgiving Day, but for every day.
Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends enjoying lots of love and laughter.

Thank you so much for being a part of my life, and for letting me be a part of yours.
P.S. All of the beautiful photos you see here belong to my Farmhouse Sistas from last week's Farmhouse Friday.  You can visit their lovely blogs by clicking on the photos.  Link up or comment below to share some love and inspiration.