So many people are spreading thanks around this time of year. I see digital shouting in facebook, broadcasting thankfulness to family and friends. I can also sense silent reflection on what we have… not what we don’t have. It creates a collective epidemic of joy that is having an infectious effect on me.
However, with unemployment still at 10-12% depending on where you live, I know there are a lot of people still hurting from the recession. If you are the one out of ten who is unemployed or making less money than you used to, I’d like to take a moment to talk directly to you.
I want to thank you for persevering. I want to thank you for not giving up. Thank you for living up to your responsibility to just keep going in spite of the odds. You have more impact on your family and the people in your life than you will ever know, so allow me to remind you of that. That’s something to give thanks for. That’s something to live for.
I also want to personally thank all of you for what you’ve done for me. If you hadn’t touched my life in some way, or befriended someone close to me, or helped me out in my job, you wouldn’t be reading this. You are the small but treasured audience for this blog.
Thank you for reading and expanding my stories with your comments. It means a lot to me.
ACTION: One of the most-read stories on my blog this year was “Just Keep Going”. It describes an important moment of enlightenment for me, and the amount of comments it received told me it hit home for many of you. So I have a favor to ask. Pass this link along to someone you know is hurting or may be having trouble counting their blessings this year.
Have a great Thanksgiving!