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Editor Debra Gorgos talks about the concerns, celebrations, and comings and goings of the carwashing industry that she hears about and witnesses in her daily life.
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Blog: What the holidays mean to me

December 21, 2012
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I can't believe Christmas is almost here. I just finished putting away my Halloween decorations! Time flies, and savoring each and every day has become my mantra. Ever since my mom passed away from Cancer in 2005, I have a completely different take on how the world works, and on what's really important, especially with the holidays. Nowadays, especially now that I'm a mother, feeling grateful and acknowledging how wonderful life is, is all I focus on during the holidays. Actually, I try and do that every single day. But, it can be challenging. Traffic jams, mean salespeople, rude people at the grocery store, can all challenge my serene way of thinking. But, after a few moments of reflection, I can usually re-center myself and I realize that life is precious, and getting mad about such trivial things is not.

I was beyond consolable by the news last Friday out of Newtown, CT. I cried so much that I wasn't sure if the tears would ever stop. I left work as soon as I could and went and picked up my child and held him so tight. That's all I want to do on Christmas this year: I just want to hold him tight and be grateful. It's hard to feel grateful when such a tragic event takes place, and it's normal to even feel guilty about feeling good, but it's important to understand that the good in this world still outweighs the bad. We as humans have an incredible ability to help out to those who are hurting and to feel great empathy and sympathy towards others. We as a human race, have to try and learn from this and realize how life is so precious.

As usual, I am so proud of this industry. As you may have noticed, our website has been inundated with stories of charity and giving. So many businesses have given to those less fortunate, whether they be victims of Hurricane Sandy, or simply "just because" it's the holidays. You all never let me down. You're such a giving group of people and I am so glad I get to be a part of this network of carwashers and detailers.

I wish all of you a wonderful holiday, full of gratefulness and peace. And, yes, that is me pictured on the right, along with my brother. It was taken in 1980 :)