Words of Thanks

Today we’re switching things around and sharing some thoughts on Thanksgiving today and business on Friday (right before Small Business Saturday!). Thanksgiving is about two things: being thankful and about being together. The first Thanksgiving was two groups of people gathering together to celebrate another year of life; something much more significant than most of us spend our day celebrating. Some of us don’t even take the time to be thankful, we just dive into the food and football.

Even from the start this holiday recognized something very important: it’s only together that we can really succeed. This month we’ve seen lots of division and fighting around the world, and we’ve seen people come together from all around the world to support those suffering and in need. The holiday season as a whole is about getting, but it’s also about giving back to others and those in need around the world. And no day is better set up than Thanksgiving to give back in the very smallest way to others: telling them how valuable they are.

You know that the words you say are powerful: you can totally demolish someone’s self-esteem and confidence with just a few words. Likewise just a few words can make all the difference in the world for them and give them the courage to use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the world (not to mention how good it makes us feel when we see how excited they are that we noticed the good work they’re doing or how they’re making a difference).

The bottom line is just like the Pilgrims didn’t get through their early years alone, we don’t make it through a day without someone doing something to help us, even if they have no clue they did. I encourage you this Thanksgiving to let the people (and businesses) in your life know that they’ve made an impact on your life and you appreciate all they’ve done and are doing.

“None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.”  Harvey Mackay

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