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The following podcast is provided by pinnacles senior placements LLC and answers for elders radio, and welcome everyone to answers for elders radio. And we are here on a very special Thanksgiving weekend and what I want to ask every one of you today, and what our show is all about, is what are you grateful for? And this is something that you know, we may take for granted, but I could think of nobody even better to have this discussion with except for our wonderful, Amazing Daphne Davis from Pinnacle senior placements. And Daphne, welcome back on our Thanksgiving special program well, good morning, thanks to be here. Well, we’re glad you’re here too, because obviously lots of happening. It’s been hard times and you know we’re knowing our second quause. You know, restricted lockdown, I guess, for point of better words, and and lots is, you know, lots of challenges, lots of frustration, you know, with our families, and of course we want to say that there’s a lot of fear out there too. And you know you were so dialed into our to our world right now, with working with so many families and you. So I think I really wanted to take this and flip it around, because there’s a lot of things we can be grateful for right now and when it being the season as it is. Stephane, I and you know I’m really interested in your thoughts and how you know, what does this mean for you and how do we start this program well, it is it is an odd time that we’re at for US people in western Washington or and all of Washington, and something is good time to be reflective and think about, you know, what are the things that we do have, and I know my family and I are are kind of bemoaning the idea of not getting together for Thanksgiving, but it’s conting us and something that we did with our family was each day we’re starting out on text. I have two boys who are in their early s and they’re just texting the three of US thankful for that day, and so we’re just kind of keeping a connection that way to saying focused on that. We’ve done it one day so far and I’m hoping what will happen from that is that we’ll get into some storytelling of past things that have happened with our lives together, and so that’s kind of forcing the thought of gratitude. How do we be grateful for the things that we do have? And so, as I have been preparing for this and trying to help my a mid twenty, early twenty year old boys say, Oh, mom, I’m not doing that bad exactly, it’s a big part. I’ve been thinking about the things and it’s simple things, really simple things. I know that this is going to sound really trite, but I am so thankful to being healthy, to being able to walk, being able to, you know, take care of myself. These are very basic things. But maybe during this time of cover, this is what we get to think about, is all the things that we take for granted that not everybody has. Or the other thing a man is the idea of the people that are in my life. It caused me to think about you know, I shared with you that I was hoping we’d get into storytelling with my two boys, but it caused me think of past events that have happened in my family, which my thoughts then went right into being with my cousins. I haven’t thought about my kind as a child for a long time, but I’m very thankful for my cousins. You know, just a time of being reflective. Another thought that I had is my kids would never do this, so I not even throw it out to them, but it might be fun to maybe for a week or two or go, you know, between Allen and next Thursday, purposefully sending out if you can get snail mail going out, that would be great, but sending out a little thank you card to someone every day, and just surprised that idea. I think of the people that you haven’t thought of and what kind of joy they gave to your life, how they were intrumental to you, and this hopefully will have a ripple effect that they will want to pass that on or maybe in your little mail that says hey, who are you thinking of? Let them know, little things like that. It’s so many things are happening in our world right now. I mean I’m thankful for the people who think of others, thankful for the people who have the spirit of generosity. I’m thankful for people who have the kind to give to someone else. There’s so many things for us to be thankful for in this time that we might focus a little bit more on the things for frustrated with. And so yeah, for us to kind of get out of that mode and be thinking about well, I’m thankful for I am I am loving what you’re saying and I also am reminded of the say it. I think it’s Shakespeare. Nothing is good, as is good or bad, except what thing king makes it so. And you know, I think about that saying. You know, when you think about whatever the situation is, there’s two ways to look at it, and right now, obviously we’re all being talented. It’s like, and I’ve noticed even the fact that, you know, I made a sarcastic facebook post after the seahawks lost the other, you know, couple a week ago, or so, and here we are. You know, I just made a silly, sarcastic, sarcastic post and people jumped all over me because everybody is so wound tight right now. And I, you know, I right away. Instead of getting combative, I realized that I tried to come into my heart and say, you know, I struck a nerve, I need to take responsibility for this. This was my intention in making you know, but it was totally sarcastic humor. It wasn’t meant to do anything, you know, personal and but I think what’s a lot of things that are happening in families and I’m certain you know that during the holiday season now, you know, we’re having a chance to obviously reflect on what we’re grateful for, and maybe one of the things that we could look at, Jephany, is giving ourselves an opportunity that, no matter what happened, it’s something is a burst to reach out and say, how how can I spin this to see the blessing in it? How can I how can I look at this situation and find the good in it? And I think that this is something that, you know, we all have to train our brains to do. Some of us are better than that, at that than others, but I think it’s something that it’s worthwhile discussing, absolutely and that is a real skill to develop. You know, it’s kind of seeing the cup of life has all rather than have empty or taking breath and and just going a wait, a minute, stop to ask me, think this through, react and and it’s during this time of gratitude, be thinking of what specifically can I be thankful for in this exchange? What can I be thankful for in, you know, the drive down two blocks and its taken me twenty minutes to go to blocks as there’s an accident or something. Really join your brain to be thinking in terms of gratitude thankfulness. I mean, this is right. This is a time for, you know, faithful people to turn to God and know how great he has been for us and how much he has given to us. There’s good in everything. It doesn’t always appear that way, but everything will be made to be good and let’s, you know, collectively as a community, try to have a ripple effect that is positive through gratitude. Much gratitude, you know, and spring out from you. Yes, and and the thing is, it’s all about when you’re talking about you know, what are you grateful for? I know that, you know, just to have that thought every morning, to wake up to say what am I grateful for today? You know, I mean maybe it was I’m grateful that I had a good night’s sleep. Maybe it’s grateful because I have a warm robe that is called outside and I can put that on. Or I’m grateful because I don’t have to walk out in that, you know, pouring down rain, or you know, there’s a million things that we can start to think about our everyday lives as we’re sitting here in you know, in our in our homes. Is I’m in my home and you’re in your home and we’re all social distancing. But the thing that’s really important about this is that we have an opportunity maybe to do projects that we’ve been putting off. You know, there’s a million ways, like you said, that we can think about things that we have opportunities to do and certainly having gratitude and having a time that we can pause, be thankful and celebrate the holiday in a new way, because obviously we’ve all kind of been separated out and, you know, having Thanksgiving, you know, a Thanksgiving dinner maybe just with our immediate family, and not having the time. You know, that we’ve really expressed, certainly in this whole time of you know, we’re used to spending it. We’re finding new ways to connect and maybe it’s the joy of simplicity and now I not having to fuss. That was something that was really interesting for me, was the fact that I didn’t fuss this year. I usually make the Turkey dinner and all this stuff. You know, we went to a local grocery store, we got everything take out. We’ve brought it home. I didn’t even do a book, you know, bouquet on the table because I didn’t want to go into the grocery store and pick out flowers. I didn’t want to do that. She had said they brought it curbside and you know what, it was just simple, easy Thanksgiving and we just it was just my husband and I and we enjoyed ourselves. There is something to be in for simplicity and you know, it’s I was thinking earlier one of the things that’s kind of a double edged stard for me is technology. But through that technology there is a silver lining that we can be thankful more creative ways to have hub grub deliver a meal to you, you know, safe way, Fred Meyer, whoever can yeah groceries to you. And you know, maybe this Thanksgiving your at home and maybe you know you’re just with your immediate family, but this thanksgiving, instead of having that big meal, maybe it’s a time when you write a check to somebody else and make sure that I get to a food fasting, all kind of things. And so maybe in the next subject the section, we can talk about, you know, ways of actually spreading that gratitude in a physical way. I love that and ever for everyone that is listening here today. Of course we love you, Daphne. And how do we reach you? You can make me easy as at my website, which is Pinnacle Senior Placementscom, and you can also reach me at our phone number, which is eight hund fifty five, seven, thirty four one fifteen hundred, and I’ll repeat that. It’s eight hundred and fifty five, seven, thirty four one one fifteen hundred. And next segment we are going to talk about how can we show gratitude? What are some unique ways and also adapt the I want to spend a little bit of time on why we’re grateful, specifically for you and Pinnacle senior placements in this hour coming up right after this. The preceding podcast was provided by pinnacles senior placements LLC and answers for elders radio. To contact pinnacles senior placements, go to Pinnacle Senior Placementscom
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Originally published November 29, 2020