Thanksgiving is on the way. No doubt, this year’s celebrations will look a little different than usual. Nonetheless, my spirits are buoyed by the thought of people around the country, all at the same time, focusing their energy on gratitude. I’m a big believer in the power of gratitude. And, in a year that has brought some very real challenges, I have found it even more helpful than usual to focus on the things that make me grateful.
Of course, there are some things that always make my list – the thousands of viewers around the Ozarks who connect with the world and one another through OPT; the many individuals in our community who have continued to support this service, even as they are personally navigating uncertain times; and the small-but-mighty team at Ozarks Public Broadcasting who bring passion and focus to their work each day, never losing sight of the listeners and viewers we serve. And, if I keep my eyes open, each day brings something new to add to the list – a kind note from a viewer; spotting a Mr. Rogers bumper sticker on the car in front of me; or a coworker stopping by to share a sweet story about their child. I hope you’re making your own list this, and that it is overflowing with things that bring a smile to your face.
One last thing – please help us spread the word: the OPT Holiday Auction is November 6-15, online at www.optv.org/auction. Mark your calendar to bid early, to bid often, and to ask your friends to do the same. Thanks for all you do to support public television in the Ozarks.