As this time of year approaches, I am reminded of the following words by President John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” Powerful statement which can be applied not only to Thanksgiving but also to life, how we live day by day, who we are or strive to become. Every year, month, day, moment gives us an opportunity to change, to grow to show our thanks, our appreciation, our gratitude.
The holidays often stir emotions of home and hearth, of giving, forgiving and/or acceptance. Whether you spend it with family, friends or a significant other, remember to take stock in what’s important in your life, whether it’s health, home, family and friends, a moment that inspired you, a conversation that encouraged you to grow, a child’s laughter, a dog’s love. They are all blessings and they all matter.
Give thanks and show your thanks every day. And when doing so, send blessings to those less fortunate in our community and around the world. Natural disasters like the deadly Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the Tornado that hit Oklahoma City came without warning and left a wake of disaster in their path. Our wonderful group of Bank Employees always answer, when called. We raised money for both natural and man-made disasters by just asking for help. It has been through a monthly Jeans Day for a cause or collecting food at our employee meetings to help fill the Food Bank’s pantry.
As I reflect on the year, I am thankful for many blessings. Most importantly my dear family and friends, the wonderful employees, executives and corporators of First County Bank and their families, our community partners and nonprofit organizations that give tirelessly to the community. I am thankful that this year, we have nearly reached the $6M mark in total grants awarded to nonprofits in lower Fairfield County since the Foundation’s inception in 2001. I am blessed that I get to go to work everyday excited about the service we provide at the Bank and contributions we make to our community.
I wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and trust your day will be filled with great food and libations and perhaps some football. And remember to not only utter words of thanks, live by them this Thanksgiving day and every day.