Thanksgiving… According to Wikipedia:
Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. It is a holiday celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States. While perhaps religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.
As 38.4 million Americans (including me) prepare to travel more than 50 miles from home this holiday weekend, I realized just how profound an effect this day has on our country and our lives. Regardless of the year, television depicts Thanksgiving as a traditional, large gathering of family members cheerily assembled around a plentiful harvest feast. This year, however, many people will be in a less than celebratory mood brought on by economic strife abetted by plentiful news reports of how much worse things are going to get before they get better. Our nation is spiralling into a depressive state with the negativity and focus on what’s missing from our lives (jobs, cashflow, unified government, thriving businesses, world peace, etc.).
In a one-person effort to change this trend today – I present to you my list of things I’m thankful for today and this year (please add your own by posting a comment). While most of us are incapable of reviving the economy, creating millions of jobs, or feeding all our nation’s hungry, we each can make a difference in our own lives -focusing on what is going right in our lives – and sharing it with others. No matter your age, your circumstances, your wealth, or status — remember that we only ever have today, this moment, the “now”, the present, and something to celebrate right here.
My thanks list 2009
by Carol Dekkers
The ability to smile when it rains on the beach
My own bed
Two grown children who are healthy and independent
Coffee (made from clean water)
The ability to take a walk whenever and wherever
Friends to laugh with
Laughter of children
Friends to cry with
Freedom of association
The ability to choose what I watch on TV (maybe too much choice!)
Clean air to breathe
Wine tastings with friends
Wide open spaces
Nature and boardwalks
The ability to travel
Friends with differing perspectives
A beautiful day
Have a good week!
Carol Dekkers, Software Measurement and Global Software Development expert, author, speaker. Want to engage Carol to be a speaker at your next event? Email Ms. Dekkers at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.caroldekkers.com for details.
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