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Thursday, 27 November 2014

It's here!  The holiday I always looked forward to when I was a kid...THANKSGIVING!  Oh, how I loved "helping" my father out in the kitchen as he prepared our family's big holiday dinner.  Okay, I say "help" but, a lot of times, it was more like I was getting in his way smelling all of those wonderful aromas coming from our kitchen.  Sure, Dad, I'll get the butter from the fridge for you.  (Hey, with any luck at all, I'd get to lick the bowl after he finished making the frosting for the cake he was baking.  LOL.)
Growing up in New Orleans, Thanksgiving wasn't just about the food and our family.
But at our house, Thanksgiving wasn't just about the food and our family.  My father had a big heart and a lot of friends.  For those friends of his who lived near us in the French Quarter, who didn't have immediate families of their own in town, my dad would always invite them to have Thanksgiving dinner with us.  It was so much fun and, besides that, in this case "the more the merrier" guests always turned into more FOOD for me.  We've have tons of leftovers!  LOL.
Now I have to remind you, Thanksgiving is not only about the food but don't you dare think it's any less important for me today than when I was a kid!  LOL.  But the real meaning of Thanksgiving this year and every year, should be about reminding ourselves of the blessings in our lives and the things we should be thankful for.  In fact, last week I suggested you begin writing down the nice things that happen in your life or that people do for you.  Yes, you should record all of those nice things and kind acts in your journal.  Going back to see all of the good things that have happened in your life over the year is a great way to remind yourself of just how blessed you are and how thankful you should be.  I know I am!
I've always been blessed.  I'm surrounded by some of the most incredible people in the world.
And here's where my own thanks come in.  I've always been very blessed, being surrounded by some of the most incredible people who help keep my life running smoothly.  That includes my wonderful manager, Michael.  I've also got my housekeeper, Terry, who really is more like a sister to me.  That sweet lady takes better care of me than anyone I know.  My brother, Lenny and his great wife, Cathy are always there for me when I need them most.  And then there's this website of mine, where you come to read my Daily Messages.  It takes a special team of nice people to keep it running smoothly for me and, (even more important), for YOU!  Thank you, Darlene, Linda and Elijah!  My studio in Los Angeles, Slimmons, is run by a dedicated group of wonderful ladies, like Anne, Sherry and Helen, who spoil me with their loyalty.  Really, how lucky can a guy be, huh?  Well, I must say, I'm not just lucky, I truly am blessed!
Now I have to thank someone else who makes my life feel so very special everyday.  Over the past few weeks, I've been overwhelmed beyond belief, at the outpouring of love and support I've received from so many of you.  Now this may not surprise you but that love has touched me so much, I can't tell you how often I've cried, just thinking about your love.  Over the years, so many thousands of you have said how much it meant to have me in your lives.  You've thanked me for helping you lose weight and to begin living healthier lives. You've thanked me for being there on your darkest days, reminding you to never give up on your dreams.  You've even thanked me for making you laugh.  (One of my favorite things to do!  LOL.)  That's right, from Facebook to Twitter, from E-mails to snail mails, in every way possible, you've thanked me for being there for you.  Now, it's my turn.  I THANK YOU for being my most loyal friends and true, for always being there for me.  It's like the old saying goes, you reap what you sow.  Well, I must have sown some pretty good seeds in my life because just look at the lifelong friendships they've grown in to...between me and you.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you and your families.  Eat healthy today, get your workouts in today and remember, my thanks and my love are with you all....ALL-ways!  Like I said, I'm truly blessed and this is the perfect holiday to say I love you all so much.  MY THANKS ARE GIVEN!