American poet and writer William Arthur Ward once penned the words, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
Those words ring true. Feeling and expressing gratitude are things we should do and share with those around us all year long. If you’re not proficient at this, or even if you are, join me and make Thanksgiving the perfect time to start.
Take a look around and count your blessings and then let others know how you feel. We certainly are a blessed people and it benefits all of us to reflect a bit and fully recognize that.
I am grateful for my wife, my boys, my parents and other relatives, my friends, my freedoms provided by living in this great nation and my ever-growing Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation family of volunteers, members, conservation partners and other supporters. It is a joy and an honor to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you as we move this grand conservation effort forward that makes such an impactful difference for elk and elk country. Together, we are leaving a legacy for the majestic animal we love and an enduring hunting lifestyle tradition for our kids and grandkids.
As you gather with loved ones this Thanksgiving season, take a moment, look around and count your many blessings. Let it all sink in, give thanks and express sincere gratitude to loved ones and our Maker for the many blessings we all enjoy.
M. David Allen
RMEF President & CEO