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.

  1. sharzysblog says:

    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!

  2. Michelle says:

    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!

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