Little Gifts, are the Biggest Gifts of All.

I’m not talking about a gift you can wrap, or something someone gives to you. These don’t cost money, and aren’t tangible.

I’m talking about the wonderful feeling that comes along with doing something special. The smile that lights your soul after the blood, sweat, and tears of hard work.

Many of you know that I sell dog (and cat) treats to raise money for veteran and first responder non-profits. My business is not-for-profit, financially funded by me with some family contributions as well. This includes ingredients, packaging, advertising, shipping, raffle items, etc.

There are moments when I ask: why?

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So many moments of gratitude and joy. You just never know.

I’d forgotten what it was like to have a day off for reasons other than doctors’ appointments or other commitments that required taking vacation time.

But this week I took some days off which allow for an actual vacation – because it blends into the company Thanksgiving break.

Yes I’ve been guilty of checking in to make sure there are no urgent needs and spent some time answering emails – but not too much. This is a huge accomplishment for me. The reason for this good fortune is that other colleagues shared this same idea. Brilliant!

What a luxury to spend a day running errands without angst, not pressured for time. What a joy to do a bit of this and that, to tackle and participate in activities that I don’t get to during a regular work week. I felt like a little kid again!

Has it really been that long since I’ve taken a full week vs. a day here and there or a long weekend? Has it really been that long since I’ve felt unencumbered, unstressed and simply giddy?

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