An Open Note Of Thanks…

…from Dr. Bruce.

I have so much that I am grateful for, daily.  Not just today on Thanksgiving, though it is a bigger focus this time of year.

Today I want to say thank you to my patients.

You have no clue how fun it has been for 26 years to be able to care for the thousands of people that have wandered into my life through my office.

You have no clue how much I LOVE seeing YOUR names on the list for any given day in the office.

You have no clue how energized I feel after taking care of my patients at the end of the day, even if my “white collar job” requires “blue collar effort”.

You have no clue how much it pains me to see some of you hurting physically, and sometimes emotionally in your lives.

You have no clue how excited I get to share new information with you that can impact your health (ok some of you know how excited I get about that, when I won’t shut up…much to your chagrin)

You have no clue how many of you have become part of the fabric of my life over these last couple of decades.

You have no clue how much I look forward to seeing you guys again this coming Monday.

Thank you for letting me be part of your life, and for becoming so vital a part of mine.

As a baseball fan, I love hearing Lou Gehrig’s words to the fans:  “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth.” I quite often feel that way in my office because of you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.”  Philippians 1:3

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Thanksgiving: The Other 1/2 Of The Word

Well, here it is again.

Yep.  The holidays.  They’re upon us.

I’m a holiday fanatic.  I love, LOVE the holiday season.  I love the time off.  I love the time spent with family and friends.  I love the food. I love the festiveness.  As a Christian I love the focus on the birth of our savior Christ Jesus.

And I love that it all starts with Thanksgiving.  I’ve written often about gratitude and posted many articles on social media relating to how beneficial gratitude is for our health. (For a recent article on how gratitude affects the brain, click HERE ).  Then there’s the 30 day Thankfulness challenge we always see on social media every year.  The truth is, if we all focused on being grateful all year long (not just for 30 days), it would have amazing, and infinitely positive effects on our brain, in our relationships, in our day to day living, and on our souls.

But today, let’s focus briefly on the other 1/2 of the word.  Thanks-GIVING.  Sure, the easy out is to say well it’s about GIVING thanks.  But I think there’s more there, there.  I want to challenge us as a people to focus on the GIVING .  Not just in the weeks heading up to Thanksgiving, but as a lifestyle. What would happen if instead of just giving thanks….we instead would just GIVE?

I’m willing to bet that we’d find that the rewards go far beyond just giving thanks.  If all of us would take time every day to ask, “Where can I be a giver today?”, we would change our immediate circle of influence, meaning our family and closest friends.  Think of the example that would set for our closest associations.  What if just a small percentage of those folks, impacted by your giving, took the torch and ran with it because of what you did?  Do you see the power in that?  Especially if it’s not just as season in your life that happens every November?

I promise you, if you focus on giving, you’ll have even more to be thankful for all around you. But don’t do it for that reason.  Do it because you can.  Because it’s right.

So give it a whirl in your life.  Focus on the “other” 1/2 of ThanksGIVING!

Enjoy your holidays friends.  I wish you peace.

Dr. Bruce