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Ask the Contractor: Focusing on the positive; give thanks this holiday

Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings.

Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings.

The Thanksgiving holiday, above all others, brings to my mind so many different thoughts. For some of us I am sure it marks the beginning of a holiday season, for others it is about shopping and parties and family get-togethers, and then there are others who have thoughts of the year being over in less than 40 days. And then, let’s not forget the feast, the football, the family, the friends and our faith.

To me, Thanksgiving is a day to pause and reflect upon the blessings in our life. It is a day to consider just how fortunate we are. Let’s face facts: It has been a tough year for many; our friends, our family and strangers, and the very being of our souls continues to be affected day and night.

It is during these times that we need to take a breath, and to examine things in our respective lives and determine what we are truly thankful for is gravely important. We all do it — we get caught up in the negative and the stress in our lives and overlook the things that make each of us fortunate in our own ways.

Let’s start to focus on the positive and give thanks to those things and people that we are the most grateful for.

Being our best self is the result of every choice we make. Things change, and no matter how much they change, one thing remains the same and that is every day we get to define what makes us the version of the person we want to be.

There is so much giving, grace, inspiration and deliciousness in this community. We know that, like other great communities, we must push for a better performance. We must grow to a new dimension. We can all affect positive change within our family, our community and beyond.

We all have a lot to be thankful for, or let’s say appreciate, about where we live, the jobs we do have, our family, our health, the sunrise, neighbors, friends, business associates and the beautiful full moon we see rise over our mountains every month without fail, and freedom.

Food is an afterthought this Thanksgiving; we must remember to look forward to life as a feast and the stage for a dramatic play of our areas coming together.

We must also remember that Thanksgiving is a time to recall our forefathers. What motivated and inspired our forefathers to ensure such hardships? Thanksgiving is a week away, and we must appreciate the purpose of the holiday and the inspiration for us today.

Our first president, George Washington, issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789. He set forth that all nations have a duty to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits and humbly to implore his protection and favor. He recommended setting aside a day of Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 26 of that year.

He did not mention anything about what food ought to be eaten or what games should be played, but he did identify what ought to take place. It should be “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Whatever holidays you observe or traditions you uphold, the end of the year is a time of reflection, coming together and showing gratitude. I give thanks every day for the opportunity to work in such a fine setting and stunning surroundings as Prescott and partner communities that we live, work and play in. What an honor to work for you and what an honor to know so many people and organizations that help improve the lives of many in big and small ways.

Let’s all be grateful so we can continue to help each other to be our best selves, inside and out.

I hope November is one of your favorite times of the year. The crisp air that wakes us up, and we can feel it when we breathe and the bright blue skies that bring smiles to our face. And then there’s the other reason to love November: Thanksgiving. We need to be thankful for all that we have and we must be reminded to live our life fully and consciously.

Warmest wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving.

Remember to tune in to YCCA’s Hammer Time every Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 on KQNA 1130AM, 99.9FM or 95.5FM or the web at kqna.com. Listen to Sandy and Mike talk about the construction industry, meet your local community partners and so much more.

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