Today is Thanksgiving, and I can’t ignore the fact that I have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for my family, the people who stand by me, encourage me, and inspire me. I am thankful for my children, they have made my heart so much bigger than I ever thought it could be. I am thankful for the opportunities I’ve had in life that have enabled me to get to where I am today. I am thankful for my coworkers, both past and present, without them I couldn’t succeed. Finally, I’m thankful for my clients, who put their trust in me and allow me to play an integral part in a journey they never expected to take.
In workmen’s compensation the holidays are a difficult time. With a festive spirit all around, my clients often show signs of increased stress and frustration. Financial constraints, physical pain and limitations, and depression make family gatherings and other festivities sometimes unbearable. The holidays become a stark reminder of all that is difficult about being an injured worker.
I don’t have a quick fix for these holiday challenges, so I smile, fill the candy bin with goodies, let the office staff decorate to their hearts’ content, and work even harder to achieve the best for the injured workers I represent. I hope everyone has a restful thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones.