I count my blessings this holiday. I want to share some of these thoughts with you.
Gratitude is our highest emotion and I believe real blessings are understanding our priceless, foundational gifts.
The ability to see beauty.
It exists in everything, and is everywhere.
It is our choice to see it or not. I have begun to see it since I came back to West Virginia.
In a snow-covered day.
In a sunset.
In a sunrise.
In a smile.
In another person.
In a loved pet.
In work and purpose.
In our lives.
In our university.
In our state.
Focusing on our great blessings with gratitude is a key to happiness and to flourishing as a person.
I hope you appreciate these great gifts in yourself and in the people you love this holiday season.
Being back home with each of you is my greatest blessing.
Have a happy, safe and healthy holiday, and I look to a transformational - and magical - year ahead of us.