On this Thanksgiving, I want to thank you, the SFGN readers and advertisers.

Between publishing the Pride of Fort Lauderdale book last week and our own issue, the paper was the biggest since the beginning of the pandemic.

This week we are publishing one of our largest “Best Of” issues ever, a credit to our sales team and your faith in SFGN.

It remains an honor and a privilege to illuminate the loves and the lives of our community, sometimes, painfully, the losses. There have been too many of those these past two years.

Today’s issue again celebrates “the best of,” awards and honors won by your votes. No recount is necessary. One person or business may get the most votes, but we all win when we are participants in the process; players in the game we call life.

A lyricist named Ashleigh Brilliant wrote in one of his books, “It is very inconvenient being mortal. You never know when everything might suddenly end.”

He is right. Do what Rudyard Kipling said, "Give the unforgiving minute 60 seconds worth of distance run.” Be thankful not just for Thanksgiving, but for being players in the game, runners in the race.

You win when you don’t whine. Find the guy complaining about the way the ball bounces, and he usually loses the game.

I like what Albert Einstein said about Life, “I can't tell you if there's anything after this life but I can give you a tip. Live as if there is not; as if this is your only chance to enjoy, to love, to exist. So, if there's nothing after, then you will have enjoyed the opportunity.”

Don’t worry about winning every game. Sometimes you learn more by losing. Scars just remind us of where we have been. We can’t let them stop us from where we are going.

Spending a lot of time watching movies lately. Touched I was, by the last words of the recent James Bond film, No Time to Die: “Don’t live your days to just prolong them. Live them to use them.”

Only in the darkness can you find the stars. There is hope in that night. Add the light of friends, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a good book, a dog by your side, and it’s all you need.

Thank you for allowing SFGN and the Mirror Magazine to showcase your lives these past 11 years. This Thanksgiving, share those features with your family and friends. Make your lives and their lives a partnership you can be proud of. Show them you did it, despite what they thought — especially that older brother who never believed in you!

Things, like people, don’t last forever, but as long as they last, make them last good. Learn to laugh at yourself and love others, and things last longer. Sooner or later, everyone rides a bronco. Enjoy the bounce.

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