So, can you believe it? The holidays are here! No ifs, ands, or buts about it. And for those of us who are trying to figure out when we can get to the store to purchase the pumpkin, much less carve it, it may be time to just start planning Thanksgiving.
Which brings me to diversity and being grateful, a strange combination for some, but for others, it encompasses and defines our entire lives. I just finished watching the movie, "Milk" with Sean Penn who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk. I knew nothing of Mr. Milk until I began to watch this and Googled him. What an amazing story. And it got me to thinking how this man, basically, has played such a huge role in my life today, more than 30 years after his assassination. It reopened my eyes to the diversity in my family, and I realized how grateful I was to this man who I never met but had a vision and the courage to stand up for what he so strongly believed in.
It also made me realize the diversity within in our own association -- some young, some old ("seasoned"), some reserved, some energetic, some conservative, some not -- you get the picture. And every one of us playing a very integral part to the success. No matter how big or small that part may be, each one of us has something to contribute … even if it is just a smile and a nod from the back of the room while attending CLE After Hours, for which I am always grateful to see.
The next couple of months will be hectic for all of us what with Halloween already gone, Thanksgiving the end of this month, elections night for our new slate of officers, a holiday party for NALS of Tucson, along with the numerous officer parties, birthdays, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's all happening within the next couple months. So, take a moment out of each day, even if it is just five minutes, look around you, count your blessings - big and small - and hug those around you because this is what the next couple months is all about -- diversity and acceptance, respect and love, and family and friends.
I look forward to seeing you each at our elections night or at our holiday party for family and friends at Audrey's home. I hear lasagna is on the menu -- a veggie one and a meat one. Check out the rest of the LegaLetter and our new and improved website for all the details of these events along with our Participation Pays Program.
And if I don't see you at either event, hugs to you and your family. In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” ~ Maya Angelou ~