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There’s Always Time For Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

As Turkey Day approaches, it seems like a good idea to stop and smell the stuffing.

Sure, economic pillars are crumbling all around us, consumer spending is at record lows, unemployment is at a 10 year high, your raise may turn into a layoff notice and your 401 K is worth less than a giblet…but, one should be optimistic and recognize those things around us that are worth giving thanks for:

  • Customer service numbers that actually connect you to a live, knowledgeable person that speaks English.
  • Kids that say “please” and “thank you.”
  • Friends that put away their Blackberrys while talking with you.
  • Spouses that lavish you with praise rather than criticism.
  • Bosses that stop, look you in the eyes and say “great job.”
  • Waiters that don’t ask you if you want the imported Vatican bottled water with your hamburger.
  • Supervisors that give you honest feedback during your end-of-year performance review.
  • Taxi drivers that bathe on a regular basis.
  • Colleagues that refuse to pass on the latest rumor that they have heard.
  • Meetings that stay on schedule and only deal with relevant topics.
  • Applicants that actually know the products and services your company provides.
  • HR managers that actually disclose what really is going on.
  • E-mail writers that don’t cc: half of North America every time they inhale.
  • Pens that don’t leak on your new, crisp white shirt.
  • Direct reports that volunteer to take on extra assignments.
  • Speakers that make their topic interesting and stimulating.
  • News outlets that report events without any leanings or bias.
  • Commercials that recognize that you really do have an IQ higher than a parrot.
  • Real cashmere sweaters.
  • Chicken wings from Duff’s in Buffalo.
  • Your team coming from behind to win.
  • A baby’s smile.
  • A movie with an ending that you just didn’t see coming.
  • People that you meet at a networking event who actually call back.
  • A quick and witty rejoinder.
  • A really comfortable pair of shoes.
  • A 1997 bottle of Solaia wine.
  • A pen that always writes smoothly.
  • A good friend that you can always count on.
  • A Blog that respects you.
  • Today’s Tip: This Thursday, stop and take a minute to tell those around you how much they mean to you and how glad you are to have them in your life. Then, while they are distracted and bathing in the glow of your praise, grab that big drumstick and the last piece of sweet potato pie.