It’s Good for Your Health to Give Thanks, Part II

When I invited you to join my virtual thanksgiving table on Doc in the D, I felt pretty confident that you would provide responses. But I didn’t expect the sheer volume of diverse and positive responses from across the entire Henry Ford Health System.

Giving Thanks 2011

Many of you wrote about your families, both at home and at work; others commented about their health and the gift of life. Several of these posts are featured in a photo slideshow posted above.

(And you can read all of the comments here.) Thank you to all who shared on the blog.

Not only am I thankful for your comments on the blog, but I am thankful for many of the same things you are: family, friends, good health, and the work that we do.

This Thanksgiving, I would like to take note of all the people we serve who would love to be able to do what we do everyday. Our patients are constant reminders of our ability to contribute to the well-being of others.

When you ask our patients what their goal is, they’ll often tell you it is to get back to their normal lives.  When you ask them about this, they reflect on the things that we often take for granted – the simple pleasures of our lives, including the great fortune of being able serve others.

Every day we have the opportunity to serve others in our work and make a difference with our patients and their families. We sometimes do not reflect on how this work gives all us meaning, purpose and plenty of reasons to give thanks.

So while I give thanks for my family, friends and health, I cannot help but be extremely grateful for all of you at Henry Ford who give so much and work so hard.

As you’re giving thanks for all which you are grateful this Thanksgiving, remember your ability to directly or indirectly affect our patients and their families.

Remember all if our good fortune to find fulfillment in this work.

And a very special “thank you” to those on our health care team who will be working and caring for our patients on Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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