December President’s Letter

by Nicolle Block, AMLI Residential, AATC's 2018-2019 President

Grateful Challenge

Do you ever find it ironic that less than 24-hours after spending a whole day being grateful for what we have on Thanksgiving Day, we see people literally brawling over trivial Black Friday deals? We’ve also seen those same people on social media spending 11-months out of the year complaining and spreading negativity, then spending the whole month of November telling the world how grateful they are. It doesn’t seem authentic – does it?!

Our true character is who we are when no one is looking. Are we the brawler in the department store? Do we only sit up tall and say thank you when we’re in a group setting? Only you can answer those questions. So, ask yourself – be honest.

Now that we’re in the middle of the Holiday Season, we should shift our focus to doing some good in this world. We’re all fortunate in our own ways. I believe if we have more than we need, we should build a longer table, not a higher fence. Who could you invite to your table – figuratively, literally? It’s not always about money, time or resources. Sometimes it’s just about connection.

Why am I talking to you about this? For the rest of 2018 and beyond, the Apartment Association of Tarrant County will give you several opportunities to show gratitude and give an opportunity for you to connect with others in order to make a difference.

During this month alone, we have amazing connection opportunities for you and your family starting with our U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive culminating on Dec 11. And there’s serving lunch and caroling at Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth on Dec 19. Our Care Team is collecting children’s books for the Mission’s kids. If you’d like to help, we’d appreciate your contributions by Dec 14. There are never-ending ways to help.

My challenge to you is to be intentional, as well as grateful throughout the year. Try not to save it for the holidays, or when the world is watching. Ensure you’re approaching each day with a grateful heart and happiness will find its way in.

I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve all of you at AATC. Together, we can be the change that we want to see in this world. Shoulders Back, Hearts Open – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!