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Be Thankful!

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Angela Patterson from Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services! We help Angie put together her blog and newsletter every few months and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!

A Time for Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of the year and one we can all appreciate. We get to enjoy family, friends, fun, food and be grateful for all we have. It’s our special reminder to stop the craziness of everyday life and just enjoy the good we have been blessed with. Even though I believe more days of the year should be spent enjoying and celebrating our blessings, I understand it’s difficult for most of us to stop our schedule to give thanks and come together. So today I’m grateful for this wonderful American tradition that sort of forces us to take a day and enjoy one another in joy, abundance and love for life!

Today I am grateful for YOU for sharing this moment with me while reading my blog. I’m grateful for family, friends, clients and the opportunity to reach out to you and share my thoughts in this blog. I’m grateful for the inspiration that God gives me and the words to be able to inspire you a few times a month in this space. 

Over the years I’ve come to understand that the Holiday’s can be a very difficult time for those who have lost a loved one. We spend years coming together, laughing, loving and sharing and then in an instant they are gone. With their absence we are left with an incredible void that nothing can fill. Suddenly life seems pointless and meaningless without them as we struggle to carry on. Thanksgiving can be especially difficult for those whose tradition has been interrupted by the loss of mother, grandmother or whoever it was that always opened their home for everyone to come over. Everything seems lost and out-of-place without them… nothing is as it was and pain is all that comes to overwhelm us and remind us of our great loss.

Sadly death is an inevitable part of life and in our society we just aren’t taught to handle it properly. In this day and age death is still a taboo subject that we brush under the rug and pretend is never going to touch us. We fail to realize that if we simply changed our views about life and death this difficult chapter in all our lives wouldn’t be so heartbreaking and pain filled. Now I’m not saying that there is any way we can experience the death of a loved one without grief and suffering because that would be not only impossible but ridiculous. 

What I am trying to say is that if we take the time to celebrate our loves ones to the fullest while they are alive we just might have less regrets when they are gone. If we are more honest about death and we open ourselves to discussing the inevitable we might be able to not only make peace with it but plan for it as well. We can get grandma’s favorite apple pie recipe while she’s still with us and then bake it every year after she’s gone in her memory. We can discuss the details with mom about one day having Thanksgiving at our house and get all her ideas and secrets for doing such an amazing job at it. We can take a moment to accept and prepare ourselves that our parents, grandparents and loved ones aren’t going to be around forever so we need to put our feelings in order about it.

In short there is a lot we can do to prepare for death before it happens, ask questions, speak the unspoken and make peace with it all. We can honor our loves ones that have passed and celebrate their lives during all those holidays that they aren’t with us anymore. We can start new traditions, light a candle, bring out their photo or cook their favorite meal in an effort to feel them close and remember them with love instead of drowning in the pain of their absence. Life is all about choices and today I invite you to live in gratitude for all the beautiful moments you shared with them instead of continually mourning what is no more. In life and in death – Gratitude really does make all the difference in the world!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey

Clarity and Preparation…

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Angela Patterson from Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services! We help Angie put together her blog and newsletter every few months and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. – Alexander Graham Bell

Anyone who has ever wondered how successful people achieve their goals has quickly discovered that preparation was the key and the main difference between those who win and those who fail in life. I wonder how something so simple and obvious can be so complicated and difficult for so many people. If you want to arrive from point A to point B you get a map and take the quickest and safest route possible. If you want to learn a new trade you research, study and plan out your goals and then walk in that direction. If you want to be happy in life you stop doing the things that make you unhappy and start doing the things that make you happy. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Well it is!

I’ve come to understand that the problem most people have in life isn’t necessarily in failing to take the steps they need for success but rather in not knowing what they want to begin with. Most people tend to go through life wandering aimlessly… searching without a clear direction of where they are headed. Sadly they have no idea what they are actually looking for. They don’t have a list of goals and they don’t even have a map. They haven’t searched within to understand who they are and what they really want out of life. They lose their faith and forget to call on God for guidance. Then the years go by and time takes its toll and life passes them by. They waste their youth trying to be someone they aren’t and then they waste their adult life trying to buy back their youth. They live a lie and they don’t even know it. They are lost and they can’t even see it. They struggle just trying to keep up with the Jones’s or in wanting to have it all while in truth they had nothing at all because they lost themselves in the process.

My last blog was about the importance of pre-planning for your death and enjoying the peace of mind that your family will not be burdened with the details of your funeral. Click here if you missed it, it’s important! And while I feel it is very important to take the time to plan out the details of your end of life I feel compelled at this moment to urge you to plan for LIVING now, before it’s too late and your time has run out. Being in the funeral business here in Southwest FL I have seen more grief and regret than any person needs to see in a lifetime. The purpose of this blog and maybe my purpose for being here at this moment, writing for you, is so that I can inspire you to look within and discover who you are and what your own purpose is.

The only way for you to plan your life and really enjoy each day God grants you is to know who you are, what your purpose is and how you’re going to achieve it. I invite you to search for your personal map so that you can find that quickest route to your own personal happiness. Write down your goals and start walking in that direction now, today… there’s no need to wait until Monday or next year. Life is shorter than you realize and sometimes the things you think are important really aren’t that important at all.

This brings me to something I read in a book recently and I’d like to share it with you now: Nothing in life can take the place of knowing your purpose. If you dont’ try to discover your purpose, you’re likely to spend your life doing the wrong things. As psychologist Viktor Frankl said, “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” Each of us has a purpose for which we were created. Our responsibility – and our joy – is to identify it. – Taken from: Leadership Promsises for Every Day by John C. Maxwell.

You have a purpose and only you can discover what that purpose is. My goal today was to inspire you to live life in a manner that can bring you happiness, joy and peace now and all the days to come. In my next blog I’ll get back to more benefits of pre-planning for your funeral so stay tuned.

Anderson Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services is here to help you find Peace of Mind today knowing you have taken care of all of the important details ahead of time. We have experts waiting to answer all of your questions and help you pre-plan your funeral. Please feel free to contact us at (239) 694-4121 or (239) 368-7080 or visit our website at

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