Matecun Thomas & Olson PLC - November 2019

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“Nowand then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” –Guillaume Apollinaire Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for our many blessings. I think sometimes it’s

“Enjoy the little things, for one day youmay look back and realize that they were the big things.” –Robert Brault

natural to focus on what we don’t have instead of the things we do have, so I decided to put together a random list of the many things inmy life that I am thankful for. I am thankful for … • Good health • A roof over my head • Food to eat I am thankful for … •

Hearing the laughter of babies and little children, because it carries me back to whenmy own three kids were young Music, especially songs that bring back old memories Challenges, because theymake successes sweeter Always learning, because there are somany things I don’t know Green leaves changing to dazzling red, yellow, and orange Mistakes, because you learn from them

I am thankful for … •

Sunshine that warms my face

• Sand betweenmy toes and waves crashing on the beach at LakeMichigan, because it reminds me of my brothers andme climbing the big sand hill in Muskegon and wonderful times withmy aunt and grandparents • The smell of campfires and burning leaves • Boat rides, because it reminds me of our family’s old, dry-rotted Chris Craft and awakens memories that I wouldn’t trade for the biggest yacht in the world • A long hike in the red rocks of Arizona • Sunrises and sunsets anywhere, but especially over the water • Snow days at school, even now, because nomatter how old you are, you remember how good it felt to get that unexpected day off • Hard rain on a roof, because it reminds me of sitting on the porch during thunderstorms, telling silly stories tomy kids • Old photos that make me laugh • Old photos that make me cry • Stars in the sky, especially in the Upper Peninsula, because it makes me ponder how small we really are and wonder what else or who else is out there I am thankful for … • My work, whichmost times doesn’t feel like work at all because our office is fun and filled with great people • My clients, because I’mpassionate about the seniors and families we meet and help every day

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A smile from a stranger

A really good hug

The United States of America—still the greatest country in the world—where we are free

I am thankful for … •

Books, because there are millions I have yet to read The cool underside of my pillow Coffee, coffee, andmore coffee Freshly baked bread and pizza Pumpkin pie with whipped cream Libraries, because they are a boundless collection of knowledge and imagination

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A good night’s sleep

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