Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite days of the year; it’s a holiday with minimal hype where families come together to express gratitude and eat. Who doesn’t love a little thanks and food?
It’s a moment to reflect on the blessings we have, especially when we’re constantly given aspiration messages that jump on our insecurities. I’m venturing from my usual marketing discussion because this is far more meaningful than any Facebook algorithm change.
1. A Roof Over My Head
Living in a city juxtaposes the immeasurably wealthy with the unfathomably impoverished. Seeing the bright lights from the skyscrapers of the sparkling Financial District glimpse upon the homeless on the streets tugs at my heart everyday. It reminds me that as miserable the weather may be outside, I have a shelter to call my own. Here are a few charities that do a great deal of good for this cause.
2. A Meal On My Table
My Italian family made sure I never went hungry and this holds true on Thanksgiving. We usually struggle to fit all the dishes on the table. Not everyone is quite as fortunate. I was raised to view food as love, so I encourage you to share some of your wealth with these admirable organizations.
Pie in the Sky (bookmark for next year!)
3. Friends of the Past, Present, and Future
I have a strong group of friends that form a tremendous support system. Along the way, I’ve met many people I consider “bridge friends.” He or she comes into my life for a period of time so we can learn certain lessons from each other and although the friendship laters dissolves (often peacefully), it was an important relationship for both of us. These individuals have taught me who to surround myself with and how to maintain healthy connections. They are people I’m grateful to have known.
My father has an expression: “Strangers are friends waiting to be met.” I’m happy to know that there are many more people I will cross paths with and hopefully learn from. If I’m not celebrating Thanksgiving with them now, maybe I will be next year!
No causes for this one…should I add some? Suggest them in the comments!
In an economy that is just beginning the upswing from a recession, I am so grateful to have a job that contributes to my personal capital. My current workplace took the chance of hiring me and gave me such a warm welcome. I have since become fascinated by corporate culture and how to create an innovative and efficient environment. If you’re looking for the same, I recommend reading Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod and How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. PS: Use smile.amazon.com. It donates to important causes!
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There have been too many headlines in the news recently relating to people in compromised states both physically and mentally. We’ve all had that moment in the worst phase of a head cold when we can’t even imagine what it feels like to be healthy; a few days later we’re better. I have great respect for individuals combating an illness that doesn’t fade with time. If you or a loved one are going through a tough time and need someone to talk to, the Samaritans are here to listen, give meaningful words of encouragement, and suggest additional resources.