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The late newspaper columnist Irv Kupcinet once said: “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” Maybe it’s not the best time to kick off a weight loss campaign, but it’s an excellent time for other things.
The older I get, the more aware I become of family holidays and what they represent. Large dinners take planning, not to mention hours and hours of preparation in the kitchen. (But they’re consumed much more quickly!) The true meaning of the day goes a lot deeper, however, focusing on one important thing: gratitude.
Historically, Thanksgiving is a day to share the bounty, and take stock in our good fortune. It’s a time to swap stories, explain about the people and experiences that have made a difference in our lives, and thank God for His good grace in making it all possible.
Why should the motivation behind the holiday only come around but once a year? Some cultures make this kind of pause and reflection a part of daily life. For American businesses, smart leaders should routinely express heartfelt appreciation to employees for their dedication, ingenuity and diligence – a daily dose of Thanksgiving, spreading the spirit of the season around the office throughout the year.
Back to family: This year my wife, Nancy, and I will be joined by two of our daughters, and together we’ll bring a traditional turkey dinner to my mother’s house, where we’ll reminisce about our favorite holidays. Even though our loved ones are scattered far and wide, everyone will be close in our thoughts, and you can make sure that I will let them all know how special they are to me.
There is so much to be grateful for on this day of thanks … and beyond.
President and CEO