For many years now, my family sets aside time during family gatherings for “Roses and Thorns.” This is an opportunity for everyone who wants to participate, to share all the good things in their lives – the roses, and all the struggles in their lives – the thorns. There is no judgment in these discussions, only unconditional love and support.
We recently had the opportunity to have a “Roses and Thorns” discussion two weeks ago at the wedding of one of my nieces. I have seven siblings, and we live in seven cities in six states so it is hard to stay close. Every time we engage in a “Roses and Thorns” conversation, I feel more connected to and supported by my siblings.
In a world where we can be overwhelmed by texts messages, Facebook posts, emails, and more, we often miss out on more personal interactions. My wish for each of you this Thanksgiving holiday is for you to turn off your computers, put down your phones, and truly connect with others. I hope this holiday season you spend time with your loved ones and make an effort to reconnect on a more personal level. Take the time to have meaningful conversations. It is easy to get caught up in our lives and while technology can make it easier for us to keep in touch, it is often at a more superficial level. This year, reconnect with those you love in a meaningful way. Those connections are a great way to remind you of the many people and things of which to be thankful.
Mark A. Keeley
President and C.E.O.