When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.
—Elie Wiesel

During the celebration of Thanksgiving week at Simi Valley Hospital, employees were given an opportunity to record their gratitude on brightly colored paper leaves. These leaves were hung on the Thanksgiving tree in the beautiful fall display in the cafeteria. By the end of the week, the tree was heavy with gratitude.

What are Simi Valley Hospital employees thankful for?

For my family and my friends … my health … a job … the successful outcome of my daughter’s surgery … my dogs … that I work with the best people in Southern California … a family that supported me through school … the peace we have in our country … being alive … my work family … the warm, cozy bed I wake up in each day … passing my board exam … the chance to work with amazing people … healthy kids … my son returning home safe … nice working environment, nice family, nice boss … family, friends, co-workers and plumbing that works … for bringing my boyfriend into my life … that I made it back from the war in Iraq alive and with no missing parts … my drawing skills … the privilege of being a mom to two of the most awesome girls in the world … my husband still being alive four years after surgery for cancer … for the cooks and good food … every single day … my co-workers … for myself … for God in my life.

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

December 6, 2007