When I was a kid, I suddenly lost my father to lung cancer. I sank into a deep depression that lasted almost 10 years. Then, one day, I realized life was short and here to be lived to the fullest. I began to explore the world and take on new adventures. I could start to feel all my senses again. I tasted the nectar of an orange. I smelled the scent of a blooming rose. I felt the warmth of the sun on my skin.

On that day, when I was 21, I became thankful for what the lost of my father taught me. Because of this experience, I became independent, followed my heart, and took on new adventurers and challenges with ease.

Decades later, the Thanksgiving table is still missing someone. Yet, I can be thankful for what the loss taught me.

How can you be thankful for the gifts of the not so fun experiences in your life?

When we learn the gifts and teachings from these experiences, we realize how blessed we are.

In the spirit of this holiday season, be thankful for the abundance that surrounds you (water, shelter, food, clothing) and the life experiences that also made you a stronger person.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful, and prosperous week!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

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