Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is a day to reflect on all the good things we have in this country. It is customary as everyone gathers at the dinner table to list off many of the good things we have including gifts, talents, and family.
This is an important holiday. Not only because we re-create history, but it’s a good idea to step back once in a while and remember all the good things in life. We will always remember the sad or tragic moments or the moments of failure, but we NEED to remember the good times and the good things we have.
Some people consider this a “food holiday” meaning that you just sit there and eat and watch the parade and football games all day or is it all about “Black Friday”?
This brings me to the title “giving thanks or thanks for giving”. I am starting to prepare my business for a new year and to closer out the present year. In my business, Virtual Colleague, LLC, I am thankful for the clients I have this year. I learned from them and they learned from me. We worked as a team and accomplish our goals. I’m thankful that I got to know and work with them.
What about “thanks for giving”. It’s difficult for some people to acknowledge a good deed. Thank you seems to be one of the hardest words to say in the English language. If I work with a client long enough (some are only short term clients), they usually end up saying “thanks for giving” …so much of your time to this project. My clients appreciate the time I spend to make their jobs run smoothly.
I think of giving thanks for things that I already have, but I think of thanks for giving as appreciation for my daily actions. In either case, thankfulness helps you to appreciate what you have and what you do. It makes some of the choices in life easier to make, because being thankful and giving thanks allows you to choose and evaluate what you will do.
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving Day or not, it is a good idea to take one day a year and focus on the good things you’ve received and the good actions you’ve done. This resets your personal compass and motivates you to do even better.
What are the things you’re thankful for and how thankful are you for what others have done for you?