“Sometimes our light goes out, but it is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.” - Albert Schweitzer
My Dear Keller Williams Family,
As Thanksgiving draws near and I begin to collect my thoughts on gratitude, I cannot ignore the devastating situation that so many of our Northeastern associates and their families have endured. My heart is also with the precious and courageous service men and women who will once again be away from the warmth of their families and homes during this important time of year.
And so this year, I must ask, “Where exactly does gratitude fit into this current picture?” For me personally, I wonder is it that my faith combined with my 75 years of life experiences nudges me, reminding me that gratitude’s grace is in the midst of it all? You may be asking yourself this very question as you read this blog post. While our hearts may be heavy during these tough times we must find ways to find gratitude. And to do that, we must dig a bit deeper and look a little closer to reveal its presence.
Gratitude is contagious and creates a circle of love.
During these past few weeks the depth of compassionate caring that exists within our Keller Williams family has once again come to our attention. Your love is energetic, selfless and immediate. And, as you lovingly reach out to your fellow family members, the seeds of gratitude are planted in the hearts of everyone involved. Your actions spring forth from hearts nourished by gratitude for a kindness shown to you and now that same energy finds its home in the hearts of others, ready to be shared when the opportunity presents itself. The ‘gratitude ripple effect’ is never-ending and is exactly the blessing our heavenly Father wishes for us to experience.
Of course, during the Thanksgiving celebration, each of us will give thanks in our own way for our obvious blessings – family, health, friends, nourishment or success. And we most likely will remember to give thanks for those hardships and setbacks that have taught us lessons or impacted our lives in positive and even negative ways.
In addition to these dear gifts, I would like to suggest that you take some time to reflect on, and express sincere gratitude for the blessings that are not so visible – the ones that live deep in your soul: memories that bring tears of both joy and sorrow, a moment where kindness was quietly shown. Or how about opportunities to love the unlovable, the gift of forgiveness or an unexpected smile when most needed.
These are the gifts that we so often take for granted. Hushed ones that always whisper - never shout - but always leave their footprint on our hearts and souls. These are the gifts that propel us to give back to others. These are the gifts that create Gratitude’s Grace.
At this special time of year, the staff at the Keller Williams Realty International Support Center find ourselves filled with gratitude for your extraordinary service to your clients and in the many ways that you support our Keller Williams culture. We give thanks for the privilege of being in business with you and wish you a joy-filled Thanksgiving filled with the happiness of family, friends, loved ones and Gratitude’s Grace!
With a grateful heart,
Vice Chairman of the Board, Keller Williams Realty