More Thanks, Please

As we head into Thanksgiving Week, we will undoubtedly be inundated with the Holiday/Christmas spirit as determined by advertisers and marketers. We will be cajoled, manipulated, and suggested to that we buy more stuff and give it to other people. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as you have the means and are doing it for the right reasons.

We are a giving society. We give of ourselves out of love, out of respect, out of spite, and out of need. It always amazes me when a disaster strikes anywhere in the world, hundreds of people will swarm to the affected area and give there blood, sweat, and tears to help.

And the only thing those people can do is say “Thank you.”

No other words will do. No other actions can even come close to describing the gratitude those two words convey.

We need more “Thank yous.”

Again this year, I continue the tradition of saying what I’m thankful for. I urge you to do the same. Share it with your family, the world, or keep it to yourself. If we take the time to say “Thank you” and be grateful for what we have, more good comes into our lives.

  • Thank you to all my colleagues at TradeKing. We are a diverse group with a single motivating purpose. It’s fun to see what we create when we “Be Good”.
  • Thank you to Amy and all the instructors at Community Yoga for sharing your sacred space with us.
  • Thank you to Melissa and Amy for helping us find our dream home. We can’t imagine living anywhere else.
  • Thank you to my siblings Ned and Darlene. Even though we don’t communicate much and are hundreds of miles apart, when we do talk, it’s like no time has passed. I wish they lived closer.
  • Thank you to Master Sbarge and all my Martial Art siblings at The Peaceful Dragon. Another diverse group with a love for the Martial Arts and improving our lives and helping each other in the process.
  • Thank you to my wife and daughter. No words can come close to conveying my thanks and gratitude for what you mean to me.
  • Thank you to all my students at Lake Norman Tai Chi Center. You allow me to live my passion and I’m overjoyed that what we’re doing is making positive changes in all our lives.
  • Thank you to my Mom. Even though we’ve drifted apart over the years, you are an important person in my life. Just know that I love you.
Sifu Dale Guadagna

About Sifu Dale Guadagna

Dale Guadagna began his Tai Chi journey in 1998. Encountering job-related stress, he joined The Peaceful Dragon to help manage his chronic stress. Seeing how the Chinese Arts of Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, and Meditation has helped countless students, including himself, he has devoted his life to teaching these arts. In 2009, with his wife Maricris, they opened Lake Norman Tai Chi Center to serve North Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Cabarrus counties in North Carolina.
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