As we enter the holiday season, I wanted to share how thankful I am for having served as the 2018 President of the Board of the Youngsville Chamber of Commerce. It has been a very successful year for the Chamber, which together with the friendships shared with the Board and its members, has been rewarding. Over the past year, the Chamber has reached its membership goal of 200 members, our largest total ever. The Annual Banquet was, once again, a well-attended and fantastic event that is still talked about today – we have a lot to live up to for the 2019 event! Our monthly membership luncheons grow in attendance each month. I love that people want to join us every month for networking and they continue to invite others to join our organization.
When we make a decision to volunteer our time, we sometimes forget that when we give, we are often blessed in return. As we prepare to join our families for a Thanksgiving feast, I want to share how grateful I am for each of you. Please join us this Saturday for an exciting day of Shopping the Sweet Life, our annual event promoting “Shop Local”. Wishing you all a successful holiday season and looking forward to an exciting 2019.
In closing, I would again like to share the story that I read at our November Membership meeting.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire … if you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something … for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times … during those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations … they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge… which will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes … they will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary … because it means you’ve given your all.
It’s easy to be thankful for the ‘good’ things … yet, a life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive … find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.