California Thankful

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Be Thankful - An affiliate and friends house in Paradise, California


"The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."

Article by Carol Duschinsky

It is the time of the year when we all remember to be thankful. And recent California events have tested those emotions. The fires have been long and deadly. Lives destroyed, property gone, our beautiful terrain marred. And then too close to our homes was the shooting of innocent young people, out for an evening of clean fun and celebration. One would think “what do we have to be thankful for?”  One would think that would be the chant, but that is not the tenor I am hearing.

I am hearing strength, faith and commitment from survivors speaking and from families of survivors speaking. For the communities a commitment to rebuilding, and from the families who lost people in the shooting, a determination to make the community a safe place to be in. How humbling is that!

In our own offices, a team member who worked remotely for the tax offices we share space with, lost her home in Paradise. When it is someone you know personally, the reality of the devastation is more acute. She escaped with only a few clothes, her dog, computer, and some photos. But you know what? She is Thankful. She is safe. There is a future ahead.

It always amazes me how resilient people are. It also makes me proud. I am very thankful. Thankful for all that I have, a loving family, good health, and work.  Thankful that the fires are being contained and controlled, and thankful that Californians will be positive in their future.

We cannot help or cure or relieve every single tragedy we witness. But we can do what we can do, and we can give thanks and remember that we are blessed. I am feeling very California Thankful on this special Thanksgiving Day. I wish each and every one of you a joyous and bountiful Thanksgiving. “Happy Thanksgiving”