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Take time to reflect on all you have

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. -- Thanksgiving holiday brings to mind many things--family time, cooler weather, too much food, football, a break from the stresses and complexities of work and everyday life.

In the spirit of the holiday, I encourage you to ask yourself; do you take the time to step back for a moment and reflect on all you have?

We, as Americans and as Airmen, are truly blessed with health, wealth, family, friendship, happiness, and freedom. Certainly we'll hit the occasional bump, in our work and in life; but, with the proper perspective, it quickly becomes apparent we live in the greatest nation in the world, and life is good! Take a little time to appreciate all we have!

And while it is important to be grateful for all the blessings in your life, it is equally as important to be aware of those around you at this time of year. Reach out. Give an extra thought to your cubicle mate/co-worker; your extended family; your friends; your neighbors. Chances are you know someone who is struggling right now, whether it's with the absence of a deployed love one over the holidays; with financial woes in the current economic climate; or handling an unexpected curve ball life has thrown at them.

One of the most important benefits we, as armed forces members, enjoy is a sense of family transcending that realized by most "vocations" in this great country of ours. Be a proactive part of that family!

Finally, and most importantly, if you find yourself struggling with a life issue right now, I encourage you to talk with someone. It's often hard to do initially, but down the road you'll assuredly be glad you did. We have so many fantastic resources available to us, from the Chaplain's office, to the Airmen & Family Readiness Center, to our Medical Group specialists, and, yes, even our military and civilian peers and leadership!

All of these folks truly care about the health and well-being of each member of the 45th Space Wing team. While we may not always know exactly where to turn when we're struggling, someone close to us will. Don't be too proud to ask!

Have a wonderful, and blessed, Thanksgiving!