As I write this, families and friends are excitedly gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Perhaps for the first time in over a year of pandemic living, some of us will be able to travel and hug our loved ones in person.  We’ll be able to share in a meal and express our gratitude for one another.

And I can’t help but sit back and be thankful for the bright rays that have managed to peek through the grey clouds:

  • Spending time with immediate family
  • Catching up on those books we wanted to read
  • Learning a new skill
  • Stopping to smell the flowers and enjoy nature
  • Reprioritizing what is truly important in our lives
  • Appreciating the small moments

There is no denying that we still have some challenging times ahead of us as a result of the pandemic and the domino effect it has had on our economy and our culture.  But as I take a moment to look back at how far we’ve come and all that we’ve accomplished, there’s no doubt we will meet those challenges head on and come out better on the other side.

With a grateful heart,


Patricia Costales, LCSW
CEO, The Guidance Center

“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”  Rumi