2014-11-26-gratitude2This week in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving—a holiday for most, and the beginning of the end-of-year rush. Shopping. Holidays.

For managers and those they manage, it is typically time for the last push to accomplish goals before the calendar year ends.

Despite the frenzy that these next few weeks entail, it is important to slow down at least for a few days to consider all the things we have to be grateful for. Sometimes it is hard to remember them. There are atrocities around the world. The political campaigns offer everyone someone to despise and perhaps no one to champion. The economy continues to sputter uncertainly.

And yet, each of us has people and places and things in our lives that matter, that we would miss if they weren’t there.

I encourage every reader to make a list of what you’re grateful for. If there are people on that list, reach out to them and tell them you’re grateful for the role they play in your life. You may not be able to contact everyone on your list, but find a way to contact at least a couple of people you haven’t talked to in a while. Or someone you talk to all the time, but not about things that matter.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.


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