Thanksgiving and gratitude

December 6, 2011

Thanksgiving has come and gone. I have no idea where November went! It seems like the October 30 snowstorm was last week. However, the whole month of November flew by, and we are well into December. Before it gets too busy with the holiday rush, I want to take a moment to reflect on what I am thankful for.

Let me preface by saying we have been hit by a string of bad luck with things breaking. It happens in every small business: equipment fails; employees leave; computers get viruses; it rains on every delivery day. However, that is what we sign up for as small business owners. We make the decisions, and we take the heat. So, despite the surface frustrations, I have many things to be thankful for, in no specific order. They are:

My husband, my kids, my faith, my parents, my grandmother, my brother and extended family, my gas insert fireplace, my new running shoes, my 6th grade best friend, Starburst, mother & child, Guatemalan coffee, Sardine comic books, red maple leaves, my aunt’s chocolate cake, overstock.com, electricity (via generator if necessary), Shutterfly photo books, a good night’s sleep, a home-made margarita, puerh tea, Legos, my warm and fuzzy blanket, Colbert Report, laughing, TV, authentic fish tacos, my customers, my staff, beautiful vistas, moments of peace, well-written books, heritage & legacy, butter.

My son was having a bad day and he told me I was not being fair. I told him that life was not fair, and the sooner he learned that, the better off he will be. We have to work hard for everything we have. Our responsibilities take precedent over our wants, which is a tough lesson to learn for an eight year old. The point of my rant is that we have a choice to make about life.

True, life may not be fair, but we can choose to be thankful for what we do have. “The attitude of gratitude.” Yes, I know it’s cliche, but it’s true. Take a moment to think about what you are thankful for and see if you feel better for it afterwards.

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