I have a lot to be thankful for this year.
A loving home and family, two beautiful and smart kids, a sister whose cancer is in remission, a precious new nephew born 3 months ago…the list goes on and on.
Professionally, there are also numerous reasons to be grateful. For Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on that:
1. I’m grateful for opportunity.
There has never been a time when opportunity has been more abundant. Seeking out opportunities to do something I believe in and am passionate about is a blessing. Whether it’s an opportunity to facilitate a workshop, write for a publication or collaborate with other professionals, I’m thankful for every chance to stretch and grow professionally.
2. I’m grateful for technology.
Our world has become a lot “smaller” than it used to be. Technology makes geography a non-issue. As long as there is wifi, we are able to connect with others, share resources and learn from one another. I remember when I was assigned my first email address, back in the early 90s. I was at college, and received a postcard with my “electronic mail address”. In my 19-year old wisdom, I rolled my eyes and thought, “When will I ever use this?” I tossed the postcard and never once logged in. Now, twenty-ish years later, I have to laugh. How things have changed!
3. I’m grateful for relationships.
Opportunity and technology are great, but the relationships that grow as a result are what matters most of all. Maybe you’re a reader of this blog. Maybe we’ve had chatted about learning over a cup of coffee. Maybe we’ve collaborated on a project. Maybe you’ve attended a workshop I’ve facilitated. No matter how we’ve become acquainted, I’m blessed to have a circle that includes such fascinating, intelligent people.
So, thank you. Many, many times over.
Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader. I truly hope your holiday has been filled with warm memories, laughter, and an abundance of whatever makes you happy.
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2 thoughts on “Thankful.”
Michelle, I found your article so interesting. As a woman in her mid-60s I have to say so much of technology is passing me by – at a much faster rate than I’ll ever be able to keep up. Still, I plug along because I don’t want to miss anything.
I’m an author (friend of your mom), so my job forces me to stay connected at the hip to my computer. However, ask me what Blu-Ray is and I’ll shrug my shoulders. I don’t even know if I spelled it right! Ha!
Keep up the good work!
Hello, Sharlene! Thank you for checking out my blog and for the comment. I am by no means a tech wizard…I learn by surrounding myself with really smart people. And Google. ;)
Have a great week!