Thanksgiving noun [thangks-giv-ing]: the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgement of benefits or gifts; a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.
As we near the holidays, I’m reminded of the need to give thanks for all the good things in my life - be they benefits, gifts, divine favor, acts of goodwill, advantages, perks, etc.
Here at VisionPoint, we’ve had one hell of a year (and we have much to be thankful for in 2012).
A few statistics:
2 pet adoptions
9 “new” clients
2 new team members
3 national higher ed conference presentations
1 cross-country move
Countless new projects
Surely, lady-luck is on our side.
To better understand what my fellow VisionPointers were thankful for, I polled the entire team. I didn’t tell them I was writing a blog post. I just asked them to complete the following sentence: “In 2012, I’m most thankful for....”
Here’s what I heard.
Being gainfully employed at age 23 in a field I genuinely enjoy at a time when many of my peers are struggling to find their place.
2012 was a big year for me. I’m thankful to have gotten married (and survived my wedding) and also for the health of my family, friends, dog, cats and the fact that the world did not end in 2012.
The state of North Carolina. Being a recent transplant from Iowa, I’ve enjoyed seeing this beautiful Fall weather. Not to mention I can actually enjoy the season without the fear of the impending winter.
The opportunity to raise my kids in Raleigh where the weather is warm and the trees are lush. Additionally, I’m just so proud of our team and the work we’ve accomplished in 2012, specifically our presentations at the AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education, EduWeb and CASE.
Having a healthy beard (even though my wife dislikes it).
The holiday party my friends and I are throwing which is called the holiday hoepocalypse. Not to be confused with last year’s holiday hoedown.
My new wife, Sarah. [Disclaimer: Erik was actually out of the office getting married during this survey]. Congratulations Erik and Sarah!
Being alive after working full-time and pursuing a full time masters program in interactive media
The health of my family and friends because it’s the one thing that cannot be replaced. Luck and business come and go; I care most about the wellness of my loved ones.
So many things this year! But here's my short list: pillows, libraries, dinosaurs, iTunes, Aaron Rodgers and popcorn.
The fact that every day I can smile and be happy with my life when so much of the world cannot.
For the health of my family and the fact that we all live close enough to visit during the holidays. I’m also very thankful to have a job I enjoy, especially during a time when many people are unemployed.
My family, my friends and the ability to get a great education when so many people don’t have that chance. And for my new blue heels.
The opportunities that have come my way as a result of my education. And for the Wolfpack finally getting some respect - and deserving it.
Yours truly? (Zac)
Clients. For enabling us to come to work everyday to a place we enjoy; and then go home and provide for our families. Most recently I’m thankful for our new partnership with the University of Maryland and our continued relationship with Wake Tech.
Your Turn (tell us how you feel)
Have you been fortunate professionally this year? How’s your health and family life? Did you reach a milestone birthday, get promoted, receive a raise, have a child, have a grand-child, buy a home, sell a home, start a business, get a job, keep a job, buy a car, survive a major illness, get lost in the woods and find your way out?
Or maybe you’re just glad to be alive and doing what you love with the people you love?
Share what you’re thankful for in the comments section below. Let's share our feelings. Get a little sappy. What are you most thankful for?