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Thanks for Giving

November 27, 2020

Filed under: life — Terry Wohlers @ 14:26

The term “Thanksgiving” dates back to the 1530s. According to Macmillan Dictionary, it was formed by combining the noun “thanks,” taken from the Old English “þanc,” which means “grateful thought,” and the verb “give.” I see it simply as “thanks for giving” and to be thankful for what you have.

This year has been a challenging one, to put it mildly. It is easy to point to many problems and difficulties. At this time, I urge you to be thankful for all of those who have given so much and the blessings that many of us enjoy. I am especially thankful for:

  • healthcare providers who are risking their lives as they help so many
  • members of the military for protecting our democracy
  • those who contribute to food banks, homeless shelters, and countless other charitable organizations
  • companies who are doing their best to keep their employees and customers safe by respecting the rules of a pandemic
  • clients, partners, employees, contractors, Wohlers Report contributors, press/media, and others who have supported Wohlers Associates for 33 years

                                       

On a more personal note, I am thankful for:

  • my wife for all that she does and for tolerating me when she is used to having time for herself when I am traveling ~20 times a year
  • our kids and their spouses and children for the many family get-togethers and the fun and laughter we share
  • friends for meeting to mountain bike, ski, and socialize outdoors
  • a roof over our heads, nourishing food, and overall good health

Please take a moment to create a list of what you are thankful for, literally or in your mind. It helps to put things into perspective and focus on the positives things in life.