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Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys hampion Firm, P.C.
AND THE REASON FOR THE SEASON THE BIGGER PICTURE
I have a confession to make, one that could start a riot around the Thanksgiving table: I’m not a big fan of turkey. I’ve always been more of a ham guy. On Thanksgiving, I’ll take a nice slice of honey-baked ham with my mashed potatoes and corn casserole. Food isn’t the most important part of Thanksgiving, but it’s certainly a great part of it. Overindulging on Thanksgiving is a great American tradition, much like eating Thanksgiving leftovers for days afterward. My family’s Thanksgiving traditions vary year by year. Some years, we go to North Carolina and gather at my parents’ house, and other years, we host Thanksgiving at our home. Wherever we end up, we always have a house full of people, with the smell of food in the air and football on the TV. Years ago, my mom, sister, and wife would go out after dinner and take advantage of those Black Friday sales. These days, the crowds are so bad — and online shopping is so convenient — we just wait for Cyber Monday to start Christmas shopping. This works for me! I’d much rather watch some football after eating than deal with the hassle of crazed crowds. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve, the holidays can feel like a busy time, but I look at it as permission to take a break from everything else. Speaking from personal experience, the whole year is busy. I swear my kids were just getting out of school for the summer, then I blinked and suddenly Christmas is looming. Time moves so fast. The holidays force us to step back and take a breather. Even the week leading up to Thanksgiving or Christmas offers a little quiet time. This probably isn’t the case if you work in retail, but in our firm, those few days leading up to Thanksgiving are so peaceful. A number of people are already out spending time with family, and those who are still in the office don’t have much work to do. It’s quiet. You can decompress and think about the bigger picture.
For me, the bigger picture is my firm and my family. I’m grateful that I am the kind of person who is able to run his own business and that my business helps people in our community. Working in personal injury means I have the opportunity and responsibility to help people who are hurt and in a bad place. When I go home at the end of the day, I can sleep well knowing I’ve made a positive difference in the world. I am also grateful that I can go home to my wife and kids, who are all healthy and happy. If there’s one thing we should all remember during the holidays, it’s the importance of family. Your family might be blood relatives, the family you married into or the family you found throughout your life, but it's our loved ones who make life meaningful, no matter what day of the year it is.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. May you have great food — ham or turkey — and great company to share it with. –Darl Champion
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