Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff,

This week we will be taking a break from our daily routine to gather with family and friends, in gratitude for the many blessings we have received from our Creator.   I love Thanksgiving because it is about gratitude. Gratitude for life’s simplest joys and greatest blessings. It’s about being thankful for each other.  Thanksgiving is not just a celebration reserved for once a year, it is a verb and it should happen every day.  I’m grateful, every single day, for the opportunities that our organization offers—none more precious than the chance to work alongside all of you on a vision and mission that we embrace.

2019 has been full of moments both challenging and inspiring and this is the perfect time of the year to pause and reflect on what we’re thankful for.  As we get ready to break for the Thanksgiving holiday, I find it so important to pause and reflect on what I am most grateful for.  Here is what’s written in my heart this Thanksgiving:

I am thankful for our amazing students who chose Arbor College|School of Massage. That choice indicates their trust in our organization to provide them with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.  What an honor it is for us to be helping them with this leg of their journey.   I’m thankful for our committed and caring faculty and staff who serve these students and have dedicated their lives to advancing knowledge and helping students discover their vocation and fulfill their potential, knowing that many of them come to us with nothing but a dream and their desire to better their lives.

I am thankful for our community, which has championed Arbor since its inception and has overwhelmed us with support and generosity during this past year.    And finally, I am thankful for my family and friends.  They keep me grounded and give me more reasons every day to be grateful.

It is important for us to be thankful. It is also important for us to demonstrate our gratitude in meaningful ways.  What will you do this season to demonstrate what you are thankful for? Will you go out of your way to treat someone with respect? Will you lend a helping hand to someone who needs it? Will you perform at least one random act of kindness a day? 

May this season be a time of great thanksgiving, bountiful blessings, and abundant giving in each of your lives and in the lives of those whom you hold dear.  Enjoy your time off with family and friends, and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving break.   If you’re traveling to be with loved ones, please take every care on your journey.  I wish each of you a blessed Thanksgiving filled with gratitude, joy, and peace.


Ed D. Bolden