“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar
It’s Thanksgiving week and we are grateful.
Yes, the news can be depressing.
Mass shootings—307 in 311 days, fractured politics, wildfires, hurricanes and starving people in Yemen are very real and searingly painful and yet…
And yet, there’s so much beauty in our world if only we would slow down just a tad, look up from our devices and soak it all in.
There’s great music, beautiful skies, a wondrous ocean and incredible art all around us.
There’s good people too.
Lot of really good people.
Right here in good old Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
I’m thankful for them all.
The volunteers, the dedicated teachers, the amazing men and women who serve in our police departments and fire service, the dedicated health care workers who are there for us when we need them most. And the list goes on and on.
On this Thanksgiving I want to say thanks to friends who are always there, family that gives me a reason for being, work that excites me, pets that fill my heart and a wife that patiently listens to my stories, feeble attempts at humor and occasional tales of woe.
So yes the news affects us all.
Important stuff is happening on so many levels.
So stay engaged, speak out, vote, protest if you feel like it and advocate for what you believe in. Never let anyone tell you your voice doesn’t matter or even worse: that you should keep your thoughts and ideas to yourself. Share. Engage. Try and help others—there are so many needy in our world and right here at home.
But give thanks too—if you can. It makes a huge difference.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts with me. See you next week in this space.


  1. Mike and Gina Sneiderman says

    Thank you Jeff and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  2. Kelli Freeman says

    Thanks so much Jeff. We all really do have so very much to be thankful for and should always show it, say it or return the abundance. Thank you for all you do in Delray Beach and thank you for being a friend. Ross and I hope you and Dianne and family have a beautiful and bless Thanksgiving.

  3. Jeff – seriously (which is often difficult for me), thank you for your thoughtful… thoughts…. and for all you have and continue to do for our terrific city.

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy holidays my friend – you’re the best!

    • Jeff Perlman says

      Bill…I know how much you struggle to be serious (as do I), so your thoughts are especially meaningful. Happy holidays to you and yours, Jeff

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