This holiday season reminded me of an article I read recently which stated, ‘The word “gratitude” is derived from the Latin word “gratia”, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways, gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside of themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.’ (www.health.harvard.edu/giving-thanks-can make you happier)
As the ‘new kid’ on the block, I am thankful for the people I have met and the relationships we’ve formed, which helped make my transition both smooth and positive. In the short time I’ve been here, I have witnessed how the dedication and attention to detail every day make the client experience more memorable. Watching how everyone pulled together behind the scenes for Officer Dhaliwal’s funeral, to create a setting for the family and community to pay their last respects, is something I will never forget.
I am truly grateful for my family as well. We have been blessed with amazing opportunities because of my husband’s job in the oil and gas industry, which is what brought us to the Houston-area 11 years ago. Originally from Virginia, we spent three and a half years on expat assignment in Sakhalin, Russia. While in Asia, we accompanied my husband on business trips to Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, and Tokyo. One of the many things that I learned as I explored different cultures, is families all around the world want the same thing - to give their children an environment to grow that is safe, healthy, and happy. That understanding motivates me each day as I encounter different people, and it reminds me to be intentional about working to positively impact those that we serve.