"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." ~Albert Schweitzer
I love that quote. This past year has been tumultuous to say the least, filled with many hills and just as many valleys. For me personally, this year tested my spirit and my passion, my beliefs and my direction like no other time before. There were days filled with joy and laughter, but there were also many days filled with deep sorrow.
The amazing thing is that when I was in one of those dark valleys, it seems that I'd get an e-mail or a phone call or a word in the grocery store that would remind me to keep going, keep working, keep trying. These people gave me the spark I needed to reignite the flame.
So as I give my thanks at Thanksgiving this year, I'm going to say a special thank you to all of the people, both friends and strangers, who were there when I was flagging. Some of you may not even know you did it, but I hope you do. For you, I am thankful, and for you, I will pass it on.