One More Time: Happy Thanksgiving, GCSS!

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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Every year on Thanksgiving, but even more so in the past few years, I’ve really taken a moment to reflect on what I’m thankful for.

Last year, on our old BlogSpot blog, I wrote an entry entitled A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, not only in reference to the Peanuts special that’s shown on TV yearly, but to the feelings that Thanksgiving engenders.

Having played a significant role in the Excitement Committee this past year, as well as many other aspects of GCSS, I’m thankful that much of what I’ve done has visibly benefited other people in some way.

Back when I was in high school, I enjoyed being a part of my synagogue’s youth group in Massapequa, New York.  Nevertheless, one incident stood out in my memory that bothered me: I had been sitting in a circle with a group of six or seven kids about my age, and the group leader said, “I’d like to know…how are you all giving back to your community?”

Most of the other kids in the group responded that they volunteered at hospitals, or worked for charity organizations of some kind.  When it came to my turn, however, I said that I wasn’t currently involved with any charitable organizations; rather, on an individual basis, I tried to help people however I could.  While I certainly don’t think that was a negative response, upon reflection, I felt I could do more.

Since then, as I’ve stated in my “About the Author” page, I’ve worked with quite a few charitable, humanitarian, and educational organizations.  Among them are Sylvan Learning Center, Hands on Atlanta, the Atlanta Jewish Community Center, Causes on Facebook, and, of course, GCSS.  Although I worked with some of these groups for only a short time, I still feel that in some way, I helped make a contribution to others’ lives.

So that’s one thing that I’m thankful for this year: my willingness to give.  Nonetheless, I also think that in the coming year, I should be easier on myself as well, and forgive myself for the mistakes I make.

And beyond that, I’m most thankful for this breath, the gift that allows me to continue living and experience the joys of life.

What are you thankful for this year?  Feel free to share; happy Thanksgiving!

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About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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