Call In November 26 Special Thanksgiving Show

Five orange pumpkins sit in a row in front of a distressed, wooden background.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and the blessings of family, friends and bountiful tables, how about taking time out to reflect on what we are grateful for? Years ago I started a gratitude journal. Every morning, I would write down one situation/person/accomplishment I was grateful for. At the end of the year I had 365 gratitude affirmations, some of which I would have forgotten if I had not documented them. It remains a rich source of inspiration, affirmation and perspective.

Here in sunny Phoenix our end of the year holidays happen without snow or frost. We “bundle up” and start fires in dusty fireplaces when the temperature goes down to 50. These are prime times for being outdoors, enjoying clear, long desert vistas, hiking on hills and around lakes. I am grateful for the weather! I am grateful for the people in my life I can share this beautiful desert with. I am grateful for mental health, and the ability to enjoy life.

At the AZ Pulse ( we are honoring Thanksgiving by showcasing gratitude. Call 480-945-0442 between 11 am and 12 noon Arizona Time on Monday, November 24; you can share what you are grateful for and it will be aired on the weekly radio show on Wednesday, November 26. When you respond to comments on this article with permission, you may have your comments highlighted on our website at

I challenge you: as you plan your career and your organization’s/ department’s/ community/family strategy, as you clarify goals and line up expectations for 2015, take stock of just how much you have right now. Thank the people who support you, who supervise you, who report to you, who have invested of themselves in your life. Thank and appreciate yourself for how far you’ve come. Send someone a thank you note; post grateful feedback on sites of individuals or agencies that have positively impacted your life. You may start a gratitude journal, sowing small seeds daily that you can reap in a week, a month, a year. Or you may just acquire a new appreciation for how much you already have.

What are you grateful for?


Jana Spalding, MD

Setup4Success, LLC – Consulting/Training

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