In November of every year in America we take a day to give thanks for what we have. But in my opinion Thanks Giving should be an everyday event. There is so much to be grateful for and I chose to be constantly grateful for all that I have. Professionally: I am thankful that I became a REALTOR® more than 34 years ago. My career in real estate has been both professionally and financially rewarding and I am grateful that I have been able to provide for my family while working in an occupation that I love so much. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to try to pass on the benefits of the knowledge and experiences I have gained to this point in my life. Teaching classes is one of the most satisfying experiences I have ever had. I am thankful that my experience and education prepared me to assume the responsibilities as CEO of SAR. I am grateful that what I anticipate being my last professional position is serving the industry with which I am so proud to be affiliated. Personally: I am thankful that I have over 20 years clean and sober and I am thankful that I have almost 19 years of marriage. I can assure you these two are related. I am thankful that we have seven wonderful children, 12 grandchildren and in January will welcome great-grandchild number five. I am thankful that I am a citizen of this wonderful country. No matter how frustrated I get with government policies and the way things are done I still realize it is the greatest time and place to live in the history of the world. That is pretty powerful. As we approach this season of Thanks Giving take some time to think of all the things for which you are grateful. Thank the person that allowed you to have those things. Express your appreciation for all that you have received. Life is so much better when you live each day with an attitude of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving.