Why I am #JLPThankful
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” -Ralph Marston
As we enter the holiday season and make our plans for spending time with family, let us take time to reflect on everything for which we are thankful. The Junior League of Phoenix offers each of us different things. To some it is the opportunity to learn, for others it is a source of networking. It might be that you are here to give back to the community or find the family you feel you are missing. No matter your reasons for being a part of the JLP, each of us can be thankful for our membership in JLP because it is meeting a need in our lives.
I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for the nominating committee that blessed me with an amazing team of leaders that I can always rely on to get the job done and get it done right. I am thankful for the members who said yes to a chair position and are doing amazing things both for our members and our community. I am thankful for the endless training opportunities I have been given. I am thankful for the recent opportunity to spend a weekend with our leadership team at Southwest Exchange so I could get to know them better. I am thankful for the support of the JLP Foundation that allows us to fund the programs and initiatives that may not otherwise have been possible. I am thankful for Community Ambassadors that teach me how to look at things differently. I am thankful for the Sustaining Members that have led the way to get us where we are today. I am thankful for the Provisional Members whose fresh perspectives renew my excitement for all aspects of the JLP. I am thankful for the active members who continue to fill the GMM rooms even though attendance is no longer mandatory. I am grateful for the community partners that allow us to share our talents. I am even grateful for the challenges that we occasionally encounter as it helps me in building my problem solving skills. I am grateful for those who cheer me on and those who are there when I need a hand. I am grateful for those members who have been kind and supportive of our members who have had health issues this year. I can even find gratitude in being unemployed at this time, as it has allowed me to do so much more in my role as President without the stress of not having enough time.
We had a lot going on this month with two of our fundraisers, Legacy Celebration and Touch-A-Truck, as well as a great menu of options for in-home meetings and plenty of social and community impact events. Let’s remember during this busy time of year to stop and thank each other. As Catherine Alonzo, one of the Athena Award winners last month, said, “Be kind to one another.” You never know what kind of day someone is having or what is going on in their world. A simple smile or kind word to someone may have an impact that lasts for years to come.
I challenge you to reflect on what you are thankful for and how the JLP plays into that aspect of your life. I would love if you share those thoughts on social media and use the hashtag #JLPThankful. I can’t wait to read your posts.
I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and I am thankful for each and every member, partner and supporter of the JLP. Thank you for being part of my Tribe!