Advice for Students

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 11, 2013  |     |   0 Comment

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am looking forward to an extended weekend and enjoying time with my husband in Chicago where he will participate in this weekend’s marathon!  A non-traditional twist for a Thanksgiving weekend – perhaps some deep-dish pizza instead of turkey.

Thanksgiving provides us with a powerful reminder to take the time to pause and acknowledge the things for which we should be grateful – as well as to make a better effort to live each day with gratitude and appreciation.

While there are so many things I could provide etiquette advice about with respect to Thanksgiving celebrations – such as host duties, guest duties, or how to give a proper toast – I would like to pass along a suggestion for you to try around your Thanksgiving dinner table this weekend.

Before the meal begins, each person sitting at the table should take a turn to acknowledge something or someone for whom he or she is grateful.  Not only is this fun, but it is incredibly powerful and inspirational to have family and friends together to share this experience.  This should take no longer than 30 seconds per person so you can move on in a timely fashion to the meal that has been so thoughtfully prepared by your host.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to share 10 things for which I am grateful:

  • good health
  • the unconditional support and love of my husband and family
  • loyal and generous friends
  • colleagues who embrace what I do
  • kind and appreciative clients
  • that I live in a Country that is not war-torn
  • that I can express my political views without persecution
  • that I have the ability to lead the life I desire
  • a community that I embrace
  • the ability to share my gifts through volunteering and helping others

Thank you for giving me the platform to share the things and people for whom I am grateful.  I hope you will take the time to share yours during your Thanksgiving celebration this weekend!

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