Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

– Melody Beattie

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now the winter holidays await us.

The idea of Thanksgiving lingers. Giving thanks is one of the most important and personally enriching of emotions.

How do we become and remain thankful when faced with the challenges of having a child with special needs? I sometimes ask myself that question—four members of my immediate family have special needs.

Yet, it is precisely because of the challenges that we face and the difficulties of our journey that we must take time to reflect and be thankful for all that is good, the accomplishments, the possibilities, and most of all, the hope engendered by the successes of those that have shown the way.

There is much to be thankful for: For us at Creative there are, among other things, the continual improvements and progress in our abilities to treat, and the trust that many of you have placed in us.

Every day I am thankful that that trust allows us to serve you, thankful that through the work of the leaders in developmental neuro-physiology our knowledge and abilities continue to flourish, and most of all thankful that I get to see the improvements in the lives of so many children and families.

Thankfulness, gratitude and being able to serve others are the foundation of character.

– Jim Loehr

There is an old philosophical debate about whether we live in the best of all possible worlds, the worst, or somewhere in between. I leave that debate and its (unlikely) resolution to the philosophers.

Instead, I believe that the world is a wonderful place because each of us, every day, has the opportunity to make it better.

One of the best ways to make the world better is by helping someone in need. That, perhaps best of all, defines our humanity.

Let’s give thanks that we live in a world where so many people help each other in so many ways.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

– Alphonse Karr

– Richard Feingold, Co-founder