3-2-1:  Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving Days

3-2-1 Get Balanced Wednesday

by Dr. Donnie

“Helping you align your daily behaviors with your priorities in life.”


3-2-1: Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving Days

Read on DONNIEHUTCHINSON.COM | November 22, 2023


3 Thoughts from me, 2 Quotes from others, and 1 Call-to-Action Question to help you reflect on your work-life balance and well-being habits this week.


3 Thoughts from Me

Thanksgiving Day is steeped with family and friends celebrating with great food, laughing, singing, and watching football. For many, the holiday is also about recalling blessings throughout the year and expressing gratitude.

The day can be filled with warm hearts and laughter, and it can also be filled with loneliness and sadness. It can be a wonderful time for some and difficult for others.


I’ve learned over the years that it’s difficult to really know what a person is going through during the holidays. Let’s be real…broken marriages, child concerns, illness, depression, addiction, or isolation worry many.

I’ve also learned that expressing grateful thoughts for the everyday, simple things in life can be helpful no matter how great or challenging our lives are at a given moment. It’s not easy, yet it often helps.


I encourage you to try a simple giving-thanks process. Search for the small and simple things to give thanks for with your physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellness. Then, give thanks for your family relationships and successes at work. 

After you do this yourself, please consider sharing this process with your family and friends by helping them discover grateful thoughts.   When you do, you might find it very rewarding to give thanks on all Thanksgiving Days, including all the days of the year ending in “Day.”


Happy Thanksgiving, My Friends!

Please remember and thank all our Public Safety professionals who are working on Thanksgiving. 


2 Quotes from Others


Gratitude turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” 


  • Melody Beattie, American Author



 Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows.”

  • Alan Cohen, American Author


 1 Call-to-Action Question for You

Find a quiet space where you can focus your thoughts and complete the following statements:

Physical Wellness:               I am grateful for…

Mental Wellness:                   I am grateful for…

Social Wellness:                    I am grateful for…

Spiritual Wellness:               I am grateful for…

Family Relationships:          I am grateful for…

Work and Career:                  I am grateful for…


Would you be willing to share what you did with others?  I’m going to share mine with you now.



Dr. Donnie’s Answer:  

Physical Wellness: I am grateful for… high-energy, ability to exercise, run, strength train, overall healthy, blood pressure lowering.

Mental Wellness:  I am grateful for… being grateful, rejecting negative thoughts, hopeful, focused, alert, at peace.

Social Wellness: I am grateful for…my good friends who I share a Calling with on health and wellness education…too many to name here yet naming them in my mind. Pete, my ole HS best friend, my friendly neighbors.

Spiritual Wellness: I am grateful for…my relationship with Jesus, prayer, friends I work with who share and engage in Godly driven ideas, church, Joel Osteen podcasts,

Family Relationships: I am grateful for… my wife Marlene, enjoying our new home, beach walks, and dining. My children, enjoying each of them and their special gifts, watching them grow, sharing books. Siblings, wishing them much happiness, Mom, thankful she’s recovering from being sick.

Work and Career: I am grateful for… answering the Call. I love what I do. I’m very grateful for the wonderful people I get to work with.  We became great friends, and it is a wonderful journey. I am grateful to you, readers of this newsletter.


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Until next week, may God bless you, and your family and may the Glory be to God.

– Dr. Donnie Hutchinson


 The format and style of this newsletter were inspired by James Clear 3-2-1 Newsletter. The content is strictly Dr. Donnie’s.