Reprinted From the CTF Sidekick News.

With the end of the year fast approaching and the holidays upon us, this is the time of year when we should take time from our busy schedules to look back over the past year in order to identify the challenges we faced and how we dealt with them. This is a time for reflection and giving thanks to and for those who have helped us along the way. Too frequently we get caught up in the trappings of the holidays—the social and shopping side—and miss out on the real essence of what this season should be. Take the time now to reflect and evaluate how you met your challenges and goals this year.

How many of you achieved your goal of making Black Belt this year? Did you reward yourself? Did you remember to thank your parents or spouse for their part in helping you reach this goal? Sometimes we forget all the people who help us reach our goals – family, teachers, even friends.

The terrorist attacks that our country has experienced in recent years have underscored to many of us how lucky we are to live in this country of plenty and freedom but we must be sure to remember this lesson. Because life is good in America, we forget too fast why. Take time to give thanks for our government, servicemen and women, policemen, etc. who make it possible for most Americans to live a peaceful and plentiful life.

Be proud to be an American EVERY DAY!


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