Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and for the first time in a couple of years I am travelling outside of the DFW area to a very small community of Arkansas, population about 1,000. Surprisingly, this self proclaimed city girl, turned country girl, turned city girl is actually very excited about this trip.
Not too many years ago, I stood on the edge of this town, closed my eyes, and thought about what it would be like when I could get out of there (as many kids in their teenage years do). That's exactly what I did, high school ended, then college and the second I could, and I was on my way to Texas.
Do I love Texas? Yes and I love the opportunities that I wouldn't have had if I had stayed in Arkansas.
I've gotten to the point that I do miss the quiet. I live right by the interstate and just off the flight path for a municipal airport. When I was a kid, I used to love going up to Ozan Point or Alpine Ridge and sitting by the lake, looking at the stars. I never realized how much I would miss it.
We're supposed to be thankful for things this time of year and everyone is always thankful for good health, good friends, great family, steady employment, and the like, but I have a suggestion.
I suggest that we should spend tomorrow being thankful for things outside of the cookie cutter mold. What are you really thankful for? Things that make you smile? Not just your family and kids, but those small things in your day that make you smile and say, "Wow. I'm really glad I saw that."
For me, I'm thankful that tomorrow, I will step outside, look up at the sky and see a blanket of stars not drowned out by city lights. I'm thankful that tomorrow, when I close my eyes, I will hear silence and not the blare of a fire engine or ambulance as it goes on a call.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of yours from everyone here at AccuConference.