Jackie Gingrich Cushman

My sister Kathy and I often travelled together during the campaign. When it ended, I missed those times together. But not for long. My mother's medical woes a few weeks later have had a silver lining -- we again are spending much of our time together.

Being with people along the way makes the journey.

For me, this year's main lesson, one that I am still learning, is that I cannot fix some things -- not my dad's campaign, not my mother's strokes. Sometimes, the best that can be done is simply to be present, to be with loved ones while they are going through a difficult time, to let them know that they are not alone on the journey but are loved through the pain and sorrow.

I don't know what next year will hold. But this week, I'm thankful to have survived the year so far and am grateful to those who have been with me during the travails and trials.

This week, take time to pause, reflect and give thanks.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.