Aging Warriors November 2018

November/December 2018

The Truth About Gratitude Thanksgiving is all about gratitude. Watch any Thanksgiving-themed TV show or film, and you are bound to see a family seated around a table with an array of mouthwatering food. As the family digs into the meal, each person takes a turn listing all that they are thankful for that year. While I believe that being grateful is important, Remember the Small Things

little girl, I watched my mom and grandmother run the kitchen on Thanksgiving; so the vast majority of meals I know how to make were learned from them. This year, I will be making my homemade cranberry sauce and cornbread dressing — what we Southerners call “stuffing!” My mom and I will

I can’t help but wonder if those lighthearted portrayals are less than realistic. For this reason, I think it’s far better to be practical about gratitude on Thanksgiving. If you have an abundance of things to be thankful for, then by all means, be thankful for them. But if you can only come up with one or two small things, then that is perfectly fine, too. The small things matter just as much as the big ones.

also cook the turkey in an oven bag. A lot of people don’t like to use the bag because they want to preserve the appearance of the turkey. To me, taste is far more important than aesthetics. Just as I believe it’s better to be realistic about gratitude, I think it’s far more important to focus on the food’s taste rather than the appearance of it. While the Thanksgiving celebrations I’ve had as an adult aren’t as big as the ones I had as a little girl, I am so grateful for them. I am grateful that I get to spend time with my husband and my kids and that we are healthy enough to travel and celebrate the day together. I’m grateful that my kids are wonderful human beings and that they genuinely like each other. Additionally, I am so grateful for the phenomenal people that I have the opportunity to meet through my business. All the encounters I have with veterans and their families have had a lasting impact on my life, and the passion that propels me forward every day stems from working with these heroes. While I’ve held several other occupations throughout my life, Aging Warriors is the first business I’ve owned. Every single time I get off the phone with a client, I get to reflect on their stories, which allows me to help them navigate complex systems and get them the benefits they deserve. This business is the first time in my career that I feel like I am truly making a difference, and I have my amazing clients to thank for that. So this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to reflect on the things for which you are truly thankful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything, give thanks.” Even if your list is small, that doesn’t mean that your gratitude isn’t real.

All the encounters I have with veterans and their families have had a lasting impact on my life,

In fact, my family’s Thanksgiving tradition might be considered small in comparison to others’ holiday celebrations. Because my husband travels for work, where we spend the day really depends on his schedule. Last year, for example, we rented a log cabin in the Poconos up in Pennsylvania. Because of the travel time, I decided that it would be easier to order in rather than cook a big dinner. Consequently, my kids told me that this year, I definitely have to cook!

– Jackie Lane

Fortunately, my mom will be travelling with us to help me with all the preparations. When I was a


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