Hearing and listening are two different states of mind and two different states of being. One is passive while the other is active, one is distracted while the other is focused, and one is inconsiderate while the other considers every nuanced word, action, and deed.
Everyone needs an occasional reminder to seize the day. In both table topics and the personal speeches, we were reminded of how a little thankfulness goes a long way. It reminds us of the good in the people around us, the great opportunities that surround us, and the blessings of everything in between the inevitable highs and lows of this life.