I was out to dinner with a close friend of mine and the topic of gratitude arose. Ellen faced medical, mental health and financial problems in the past year and I asked her how she was coping. Her short answer: A Gratitude List.
While I knew what she meant, I was still curious for her interpretation of a gratitude list. Ellen told me that her challenges were many, diversified and some extremely personal. Again, I queried-how are you coping?
Ellen reminded me that she still had much to be thankful for. Her family and friends who supported her throughout the year in a very non-judgmental manner was most important to her. Ellen told me that her family foundation and her upbringing had a lot to do with her coping mechanism. She said her parents messaged constantly about the importance of kindness and treating others as you would want them to treat you. She said “Mona, always attempt to cultivate relationships with people you trust and who you can depend on in times of need.”
I am so thankful to have a friend like Ellen. Whenever I face a personal challenge she is one of my go-to people. The next evening I started writing my gratitude list. I realized that for many personal challenges there is always something to be grateful for. In my case it is the people in my life; my immediate family, friends, team members at work and relationships that I have built with my clients. I want to express my gratitude to all of you as we enter this Holiday Season.
Yes, I am getting a bit sentimental here-but Ellen reinforced to me that it is people who matter the most. People who nourish other individuals in their time of need and expect nothing in return-accept Genuine Gratitude.
Mona Ruback, CSS
Associated Billing Center, LLC
Your Mental Health Billing Specialist
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