Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 49 - It's Personal

December 2, 2010

The week of Thankgiving is typically a great time for everyone to reflect on their lives and recognize what they have to be thankful for.  Last Thanksgiving, my Dad came out for a visit and we ended up having Thanksgiving dinner at the Hotel Del Coronado - his absolute favorite hotel.  It was a very special day for the two of us - just me and my Dad relishing in the amazing buffet spread in the Crown Room.  We both crave great life experiences and this was definitely one I know he had always wanted to have.  We wanted so badly to savor each moment that we made a point of taking small portions every time we went to the buffet line just so we could have an excuse to get up and do it all over again.  Three hours later we reluctantly headed home.

Since this was my first Thanksgiving without my Dad, it felt strange not to see him camped out in  a comfy chair quietly enjoying the hustle and bustle of the day and the friends and family surrounding him.  But I was fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful family to help me get through the week.  I am also incredibly thankful that I took the time to really connect with my Dad, especially in the past few years.  I have no regrets when it comes to my Dad - I'm not sure we could have been any closer than we were at the time he decided to move on.  This is what I'm truly most thankful for this season.  I hope that you were able to take some time and reflect on what is most important to you in your life.  Sometimes it takes a tragedy to force people to stop, think and reassess what is important.  Don't wait until it's too late - try to take some time each day to think about what is important so that you can live with no regrets.

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