Our theme of the month for November is Gratitude. As we enter into the holiday season it is so easy to lose sight of being thankful for our lives. . I like the quote by Brian Tracy, "Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step towards achieving something bigger and better than your current situation." Hardships happen how can we learn from them and still, this is really tough, be grateful for the lesson. If you plant a tree and stake it so it does not move at all, it will not grow deep roots. Meaning if the stakes are removed and the wind blows and the ice comes it will fall down. Remember that ice storm last winter? In my neighborhood the trees looked like a bomb went off. People are much like the trees, when life's adversities come they are not fun, but they do strengthen our character. So what in your life are you grateful for?