hershey“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”

These words, by A.A. Milne, inspired me this Thanksgiving morning. The heart of this doggie is about the size of a plum and yet it could fill the oceans with gratitude, loyalty and love. It’s easy for us to get worn down by our daily challenges and busy schedules. We forget the simple joys of life and what matters most. We’re often abrupt with our families, colleagues and friends. We may come home exhausted and worn down, only to be greeted by a purring cat, rubbing our legs. Or to our canine companion, leash in mouth, asking for a simple walk. That’s gratitude: “thanks for coming home again, you are my world. Can we spend time together”?

Please take that walk or hug that kitty. Not only does it enhance your bond but it helps many of your cares melt away. We won’t always have all those we love in our lives. And to them, we are their lives.

Today, I thank my Zootopia and those no longer here but still taking up residence within my heart, filling it with love and gratitude.

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