A year ago today, I was trying to comfort my mom, nephew, and brother-in-law while myself wrestling through some powerful emotions. My sister had died suddenly two days before, and, during the stereotypical calm before the storm, we were bracing ourselves for the visitation that evening and the funeral the next day. Dianna had spent several days at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood following a scary midnight heart episode at home. While her condition was serious, we never dreamed it was really, truly life threatening — she was too stubborn to die, for heaven’s sake! If you knew her, you know exactly what I mean. :)

What does this have to do with work-related gratitude?

I’m grateful that, during times of crisis in each others’ lives, we pull together like family. I don’t have the words to describe my appreciation for the concern, love, and patience which poured from these people during my sister’s hospitalization and my family’s subsequent struggles. Many of us in the department have gone through very difficult times, and everyone always gathers ’round like protective moms, dads, brothers, and sisters. It reinforces my faith in human kindness.