Why We Don’t Call It Thanksthinking, by Jim Kirkpatrick

November 20, 2018

Why We Don’t Call It Thanksthinking, by Jim Kirkpatrick

Thanksgiving. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Now, that day is reserved for those of us in the United States to be thankful. And to give thanks? To be honest, as I think back to how I have spent and honored the day, it was to spend time with family, eat a lot, and to consider all I have to be thankful for.

Those of you who know me know that I am not a fan of learning for learning’s sake in the workplace. I am not a life-long learner. I am a life-long DOER with what I have learned.

Similarly, I am not much for being thankful as an internal acknowledgement, but I am afraid that that is exactly what I do all too often. This year, I am going to focus more on actually telling people I am thankful for them.

This year, I suggest you not just think and feel thankful, but you actually thank people for what they mean to you, and what they have done to enrich your life. I guess that is why they called it “Thanksgiving” rather than “Thanksfeeling” or “Thanksthinking”.

Those of you who serve our country here and abroad. I am thankful for you. Same for first responders. I am quite sure I am not alone in calling you out.

Now, on a personal note, I am thankful for Captain Keith, Mark C., Colonel Ann, Jay and Annie, Casey, Mike B, And of course Spang. You have all served, and many are continuing to serve in our military.

I am thankful for Deborah, Susan, Ronnie, Donna and Kevin, Angela and Mary Beth. You all care about our government, and so many count on the services that collectively benefit us all.

It seems that each time I am on the road delivering a program, one or two people add a splash of something that inspires me. An intangible. The unexpected surprise. Thanks Heath, Sara, Max, Megan, Maggie, Marty, and Brandon.   

Finally, I am thankful for my family, friends, and my co-workers here and abroad, especially Wendy.

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