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November is a month where many of us take special time to acknowledge our abundance and give thanks to the people who have made a difference in our lives. I am grateful for so many things. I have wonderful friends, I have a strong support network, I have good relationships with my family, and I work with people that are trustworthy, smart, and funny.

I am privileged that my career is in a field where I make a positive impact on people’s lives. I started in the wellness field as a massage practitioner, rebirther, and holistic health educator. My clients were the recipients of my work. Over the years I have shifted my focus to education (which makes sense, given that I am an avid believer in lifelong learning). My mission has been to support practitioners in building thriving practices, so they can continue to make a difference in their clients’ lives. I have also expanded that to include supporting educators in enhancing their teaching skills so they can better train future practitioners. Ultimately, that cycles back to the client. The more people that receive healthy touch, the less violence there will be in this world. I am thankful that I am able to support this vision and earn a nice living at it.

I am also thankful for the shifts that are occurring in the wellness community as a whole, and the massage/bodywork profession in particular. The major stakeholder organizations are truly beginning to work well with each other. I am thankful that I can play a part in this through my volunteer activities with the AFMTE.

20131019-cherie-bg-white-003-150x225I am thankful for my students, clients, customers, and colleagues. I learn so much from all of you.

As you reflect upon all of the things and people that you are thankful for, please remember to share that with those people. Perhaps include a personal note in your regular business communications with clients and business associates. You could even write something specific, such as, “Dear Client, I want you to know that I really appreciate how you follow through with the treatment plan we designed and that you do the stretching routine regularly.”

What are some of the ways you can express your gratitude? Add your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below…