Thanksgiving is a holiday where it’s important to take time to self reflect and appreciate the people who have helped shape your life to what it is today. Often, there is too much focus on material things and what we need to do to attain them. Forgetting about the relationships, that ultimately, we will reflect back to later in life and wish we had given them more energy. Think about how much better life would be if we all focused more on nourishing our relationships that were most important to us. And not just with those who are most important, but with everyone. 

I visited my great uncle, Paul Ramsey (who I call “Gramps”), not to long ago and it was a visit I will always remember for the rest of my life. You see, as you get older, you become wiser and you appreciate learning more about your history. I learned so much about my grandmother, Iris, whom I never got to meet, because she passed when my mother was age 9 to a brain tumor. He basically grew up with her and ended up marrying her sister, my beloved Aunt Vera (miss you Grammy <3). I listened to stories about them all night long, and learned a little more about everyone on my mother’s side of the family. That visit, can never be replaced and it holds more value to me than anything I own.

Please take the time to build your relationships and learn as much as you can from your mother, father, grandparents and great grandparents now, because if you don’t, you lose a part of your history that can never be replaced by anyone else. I wish everyone can spend quality time with their loved ones this Thanksgiving. Showcase your gratitude to your relatives and listen to their stories. I’m so thankful for God to have blessed me with such a wonderful family. Count your blessings and Give Thanks this holiday season <3

Until next time, always be kind.

Erica xx 

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