It’s that time of year when the weather starts to turn cold, the leaves have mostly fallen, and we turn our hearts and minds to the many things for which we are grateful. I challenge each of you to sit down this Thanksgiving season and write down 10 things that you are grateful for and why. Here are a few of the things found on my list:’
1. My family, especially my incredibly supportive and dedicated wife, Nicole. I wouldn’t be who or where I am in my life without her.
2. My health. I’ve been dealt a few challenges over the years and I’ve really come to learn that feeling good and treating your body right are an important key to being happy.
3. Our community. Even though there are growing pains or things we may not be happy about, we really do live in a great place where people generally support each other.
4. The lifestyle we have. We have everything at our fingertips and most of us are blessed with having our basic needs met. I often think about the term “first world problems” and it puts in perspective all the blessings we truly have.
5. The ability to serve and help others. I have been blessed to be on the serving end for many years. There are opportunities to serve others every day in hundreds of ways throughout our community. I know when I am serving others, I find greater purpose and happiness in my life.
6. To have others that are willing to serve. There have been many times when I have also been on the receiving end of service. Nothing makes you feel more loved, cared for, and grateful than when someone performs a selfless act of service on your behalf. I hope all of us can take the time this Thanksgiving season to remember all of the things that we are thankful for and find ways to serve others in our community.
By the time this newsletter hits your home, the 2019 election will be over, and this will either be the last newsletter I write as a Lehi City Councilman or I will have the privilege of continuing to serve for 4 more years. Either way, I am so grateful for the opportunity that you’ve given me to serve. I’ve learned a great deal over the past 16 years and continue to learn more every day. I’m not perfect and perhaps some of the decisions I’ve made as a councilman haven’t been exactly in line with the decisions you think should have been made.
Nevertheless, I promise you that each and every decision I’ve made was what I felt was in the best interest of our community as a whole. I’m stealing this last comment from a friend, but he said it best, “There is nothing we can do to stop the future, so let’s make it something special!” Thank you, Lehi, for being that special place that I will always love no matter what.