Christmas message 2021

At this time of the year, I personally like to reflect on what I am grateful for within the last year.

So I looked up the work gratefulness – Benedictine monk, Br. David Steindl-Rast, suggests that two qualities belong in our basic definition of gratitude. The first is appreciation: you recognise that something is valuable to you, which has nothing to do with its monetary worth. The second quality Br. David mentions is that gratitude is gratis: it’s freely given to you.

Robert Emmons, a scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components: “First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” In the second he explains “…we recognise that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves…We acknowledge that other people…gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”

In the book, Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life, Angeles Arrien writes: “Gratitude is essentially the recognition of the unearned increments of value in one’s experience. …. Gratitude is a feeling that spontaneously emerges from within. However, it is not simply an emotional response; it is also a choice we make. We can choose to be grateful, or we can choose to be ungrateful, to take our gifts and blessings for granted. As a choice, gratitude is an attitude or a disposition.”

“Gratefulness is a key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have, we will not be happy. This is because we will always want to have something else or something more. We cannot be grateful for all that a given moment brings us; yet, in any given moment, we can be grateful for something. The gift within the gift of any given moment is opportunity.” says Br. David Steindl-Rast.

So on behalf of the Caretech team, both Gregg and I are truly grateful for your support. Together we have the immense and humbling opportunity to genuinely influence international medical protocols, to prevent injury and malfeasance, and to save many lives in the process as we move into 2022.

Wishing you all a restful and peaceful season leading to an inspirational lead into the new year.

Sincerely, David

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