Given that it's Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to write about a few things that all of us at American Health Value are thankful for. We wanted to take a broad approach to our list and mention things that people don't necessarily think of on a daily basis, but nearly everyone can relate to.
We hope you enjoy our list, and feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below!
This is something none of us should take for granted, as the price we have paid for it is steep. Countless people have taken the oath to protect our freedoms at home and abroad. We think it's important to recognize their sacrifice not only during Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, and Memorial Day, but everyday throughout the year. If you meet a veteran, shake their hand and say, "Thank You".
Here is one of the wonderful organizations dedicated to helping our brave veterans:
The Wounded Warrior Project exists to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after September 11, 2001. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers.
WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury - from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
*** A Special "Thank You" ***
LCpl N. Vandeventer, USMC Retired
Shelter is one of the 5 Basic Human Needs, and the luxury it provides can sometimes slip under the radar on a daily basis. For most of us, what comes to mind when we think of shelter are examples of extremes: We can all relate to how nice it feels to make it to your car when it's raining in the parking lot, walking into your air-conditioned house on a hot summer day, or sitting next to the fireplace in the lodge after a long day on the slopes.
What about the day-to-day? What about all those people who have nowhere to go, no roof over there head to provide protection from the elements, sanctity, and a sense of security? Take a moment every once in awhile to stop and think about how lucky you are to have shelter, and if you can, please see what you can do to help those less fortunate. We all can't house everyone in need, but we all can do a little that would go a very long way.
Click here to find a local homeless shelter and/or soup kitchen in your area.
People Who Work Holidays:
Most of us (hopefully) have the "big" holidays off from work. Thanksgiving, Christmas, July 4th, New Years...but for a significant number of employees across the country, these days are no different than any other. Most of the people who work on holidays are in the service industry in one form or another. Restaurants and bars, hospitals, military, firefighters, police, senior centers, etc.
Crime, emergencies, war & illness don't take the day off, and unfortunately neither can many of the employees and military personnel who specialize in these fields. These people are the glue that hold our cities and towns together. They're typically the people you call when you need help the most. Someone broke into your house; a loved one had a stroke. They are always there when we need them, day or night, holiday or not.
So while we all sit down with our friends and families this Thanksgiving, if you are afforded the opportunity to do so, please take a moment and be thankful that you have that time to spend with each other. Know that all those people are away from their friends and families, waiting to help yours at a moment's notice if they are in need.
Have you ever taken a moment to stop and be thankful that you're healthy? For many of us, we think about how nice it was to be healthy when we've caught a bug and are lying in bed wishing we could instantly feel better. Sound familiar?
One particular example comes to mind for me... A few years back, I broke my thumb. Although it is relatively obvious how vital our opposable thumbs are to our everyday existence, you rarely stop to appreciate the ability to use them. Without thumbs, you can't do much. Good luck tying your shoes, eating with utensils, or picking up anything at all. All I remember thinking about was how much I truly appreciated having the ability to use both of them, and that I would never take them for granted again.
Though my examples may sound trivial, we all should be more grateful and in tune with our overall health, and virtually everyone could stand to be a little bit more accountable. Health is a blessing, and is something that cannot be understated. We only have so many sunrises - start adding to the total instead of subtracting from it. Treat your body well. Try to eat a little better. Exercise. The end result is more time with the people you love, and nothing is more important than that.
Family is a funny thing, and it means many different things to many different people. Regardless of what family means to you, there is one unequivocal truth: Sometimes we can't live with them, but we could never live without them.
Who would you be, or better yet, where would you be without your family? As none of us can be sure in our answer to these questions, we call can be sure that nobody on earth cares more for us than our families. Family is around in good times and bad, when the chips are up and when they're down. Our families know how to push us to succeed in life, how to motivate us to do what's right, regardless of whether or not we may agree at the time.
Families as a unit always seem to have the bigger picture in mind, and the unit's collective vision is rarely blinded by incidental details or fallacies. They are the people we credit in times of triumph, and they are the crutch we lean on when times are tough.
This Thanksgiving, take a moment to reflect on your family and everything you have been through together. Thank those who have helped you along the way, and reach out to those you haven't spoken to in awhile. Relationships and bonds such as the ones we share with our families - flawed or flawless - are powerful and real, and we should all be thankful to have them.
All of us here at American Health Value wish you and your family a safe, healthy, & happy Thanksgiving!
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