Reconnecting with old friends is such a blast. I had the chance to get caught up with a childhood friend last night and it was such an invigorating evening. Firstly, it was simply enjoyable to spend time with someone I’ve known since third grade (which takes us back to about 1877). Secondly, it’s just good fun to reminisce about a more innocent time. A time when the most difficult decision was which park to play ball that day or which flavor ice cream was really best. But, more importantly, it’s a great reminder of the blessings we all have in our lives. My childhood was challenging. We had to deal with divorce, domestic violence and economic difficulties. Despite all of that, what remains are memories of great discovery, experiences and friendships. Recalling those simpler times is a wonderful diversion from the daily issues we all face as citizens, professionals and parents. For those few hours, we are in grade school and high school again chatting about people we had not thought about in years and events where we hope the statute of limitations has run its course. But, what I really walked away with from my visit with one of my oldest friends is just how rich life can be and how appreciative I am of the people in my life. So, why not take that moment today to give thanks for the blessings we have instead of dwelling on the things we don’t. It will make for a better day.