Thanksgiving in Word and Deed

November 15, 2017

As an annual tradition, Jim Kirkpatrick shares a special Thanksgiving message each year. Enjoy this heartfelt holiday note worth sharing.

Here in the U.S., the fourth Thursday of every November is, of course, Thanksgiving. This year, it falls on November 23. Many view this holiday as a day to pause, count our many blessings and express thanks for what each of us has, often celebrating by gathering with friends and family to enjoy a big meal.

In counting my blessings, I am particularly thankful for my fishing buddies, our many freedoms, my health, a company that seems to be doing a lot of good for a lot of people, and for people like you who believe in what we stand for.

This year is a bit different from past years, though. There are words that are haunting me this year:  “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

In 2017, I just can’t offer a prayer of thanksgiving or simply tell people close to me how much I appreciate them. I feel compelled to go a bit further.

Much has been given to me, but instead of reflecting on my good fortune, I want to focus more on giving back. The days of 2017 have been fraught with trying times for so many. I tried to help.

  • People in Puerto Rico are still without water because of a devastating hurricane. I did something to help.
  • People I know are going through very tough times. I try to stand close to them to let them know they are not alone.
  • I am in good health. I am doing things to try to keep it that way.
  • There are lonely people in a home for the elderly near my house. I visit them rather than go home and watch television.
  • Animals are suffering needlessly. I am modifying my behavior to discourage such activity.

Please do not think I deserve a medal for my efforts. I don’t. People with a lot less than I have do a lot more. I just want to share how small efforts can mean so much. Thoughts and words matter, but deeds are the manifestation of those good intentions.

For those of you who are struggling, reach out to others for help. For those of you who are doing well, pay it forward to show your thankfulness rather than just being thankful. Happy Thanksgiving!

–Jim Kirkpatrick

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