I was listening to a sermon this past weekend and I was given a new perspective for this time of year. The pastor made a point of how often we focus on the things that we do not have versus the things that we do have. His simple point was that if we had clothes on our back, a roof over our head and food in the pantry that we were truly blessed. These items mentioned are the basics for survival yet are often overlooked.
An old customer and dear friend called last week and asked “How was business?” For me it was a question I am often asked and my reply is usually the same: "We could be busier." He then asked about my health and my family's health and I said: "Everyone is doing fine." He replied “You are a rich man.” Then he told me a joke about how money can't buy health or happiness and asked if I heard about the guy who just bought a new Cadillac, my reply was “no I had not." He said: “Yeah, he has been riding around looking for happiness since he bought it.”
I am now going to take a moment and give thanks for the things and people in my life. I am thankful for having the opportunity each year to grow and sell plants, the opportunity each year to harvest fresh muscadines to sell to the public and the ability to do these things in still the greatest country in the world. I am thankful for the people who come to work for me every day and give me their best effort, whether it is 98 degrees outside or 18 degrees. I am thankful for my wife and my two precious children who always welcome me home with smiles and hugs. I am thankful for my mom, sisters and extended family. I am thankful for the freedoms of this country whether it is freedom of speech or freedom of religion.
I am thankful for our customers and the orders that they place with our company. I am thankful to our customers for referring our nursery to your friends and families. We are proud to be your source for muscadines, fruit trees, nut trees, and berry plants.
Our family and employees wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.