As thanksgiving approaches, I encourage you to sit down and reflect on the things you are most thankful for. I tend to take this time each year to think about the blessings I have in my life. The things that excite me and the things that challenge me. Sometimes this includes things that I take for granted or look past each day, the simple things in life that I owe more of my attention to. Or maybe these are things that have a great impact on my life and continue to fulfill my days with happiness!

The holidays grant us the privilege to spend time with those you enjoy being around the most. This might be family, friends, or just good fellowship. I’m thankful for the family that surrounds me each day, and how tight knit we continue to be. We remain in good health and stay close. My family doesn’t often pass up the opportunity to be in each other’s company. It’s easy to drift apart and get stuck in our own routines as families grow. I’m appreciative of the fact that our bonds remain strong even as we grow.

Another thing I’m thankful for is my employer. They make it easy to go to work each morning and enjoy my job and the people I get to help. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without my work family, who are there to help make my job fulfilling. They are another big portion of my life. We tend to spend just as much time, if not more with them each week than we do our own families. They make each day enjoyable. It’s humbling to be working in the community I grew up in and for all the opportunities that have come my way because of this.

Lastly, I’m thankful for the many different organizations and committees that I can volunteer my time with. A community without volunteers is a community that struggles to thrive. We should be thankful that DeWitt does not lack those who are willing to step up and volunteer. There is never a shortage of those that are willing to help. To those who do this and know the importance of volunteering in your community, thank you! You are the building blocks of the place we all call home. If you are interested in volunteering your time, don’t be afraid to reach out to an organization that you feel might benefit from your time. I bet you’ll find that it’s extremely rewarding.

Although I’ve only listed a few of the things I’m thankful for that doesn’t mean there aren’t others. I could fill up multiple pages if I listed everything that I’m able to reflect on. As you figure out how you’re going to be spending your time during the holiday season, don’t forget to sit down and reflect on the things you are most thankful for. I think you’ll find out that your list is much longer than you thought. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone.

Derek Fox is a DeWitt resident who works and resides in his hometown and enjoys volunteering with various DeWitt organizations.