giving thanks

This time of year is when we celebrate a holiday with a name that includes both Giving and Thanks. And despite what you have been thinking, we need to. The year 2020 has offered up some of the most daunting challenges.

  • An economy that was doing so well that our growth was only held back by the lack of additional people.
  • Then we get hit with an international pandemic. It started on a week that held a Friday the 13th, a full moon, and Daylight Savings kicked in! What did we expect?
  • Record unemployment, lockdowns, stay at home orders, and masks.
  • As essential workers we and others kept our jobs, but that in and of itself led to a different level of stress.
  • Truly unnerving and totally intimidating. But here we are. November of a year that we will all remember for a long time. Just about when I want to start a ‘Woe is me’ tantrum, I force myself to remember that my circumstances are in pretty good shape especially by comparison to many others.

  • I am still gainfully employed, and it feels like I will remain that way at least for a while.
  • My co-workers, colleagues, and friends are still employed. More good stuff.
  • My Family (for the most part) has remained healthy and are as employed as they care to be. Another good one.
  • My work family has remained mostly healthy (as have their families) and have gone out into the world and made safe water for untold numbers of families. Amazing!
  • I could not be prouder or more thankful for having the opportunity to work alongside (though socially distanced) the HEROS of IFM!
  • Five bullet points, but I could certainly come up with many more.

    As I shut down my cantankerous ruminations, I truly do have much to give thanks for.
    Friends. Family. Colleagues. Health. A job. Remember to Give Thanks and count your blessings.

    Wishing all of you a healthy and safe holiday season!

    –RB