Gratitude. Appreciation. Gratefulness. These are the words that always appear this time of year. In all our lives we have something or someone we are thankful for. I have so many things to be thankful for that I would bore you to death listing them all. What I will share with you is the gratitude I have for everyone in my life and the ones who are yet to be in my life. Let me explain.

I am thankful for my family, as most of you are thankful for yours. My immediate family consists of my father, who is 90 years old and still as strong as the day he straightened out his jeep bumper by hand when I ran into a tree learning how to drive a stick shift at 12 years old. Then my sisters, different in every way except their love for our family, but that’s ok. We are all different in so many ways. My daughters, and I will include my wife’s daughters in this, are so special when it comes to the empathy and compassion they show to each other, and to all that cross their path. Now the husbands — I must say how thankful I am of them, because without them in my life I would have more people in my house than I need. No joke, these four guys could not have been hand-picked any better for our daughters. Now the little people — grandchildren! The most awesome thing in all God’s creation, grandchildren. These are the typical things to be thankful for. Now for more of the list.

In my muscle therapy practice, I get a chance to see a lot of people who are struggling with pain from sore muscles, painful joints, and such. I am so thankful for our therapists who help them through these issues. I get a chance to see our Parkinson’s clients and witness the positive impact our Rocksteady program has on them not only with their fitness and balance issues but their mental wellbeing as well. I get a chance to see these changes in people’s lives every day. That is what I am so thankful for. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” is one of my favorite quotes from Winston Churchill. So today, be thankful for all you have and all you will have. After all, it is about attitude. Change your attitude, and you change your tomorrow!