“Betty, the turkey is here, and it’s the biggest one yet”.
I’m early this week considering the holiday. Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorites of the year. All-day food and football. Two of my favorite things in life. Also, a day of family and friends, which I love even more. Thursday will be the first time I’ve had all my kids at the house since moving to Tampa, so it will be extra special.
As you know, I occasionally bring in a Guest Writer for my Updates regarding your automotive job search. This week, I’ve asked one of my longtime friends if I could share his annual Thanksgiving message. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Traditions are important. And so are the stories of our past, that likely change over time, but remind us of the important things in life. At least the important things to us. My parents still live in the same house where I grew up. And some of my favorite memories are sitting around the Thanksgiving table listening and telling stories with family and friends. As good as the company was/is, the food is the main event. And it’s known throughout the city. You see, in the middle of my home town is a local grocery store. On normal days, trucks deliver goods and the employees offload those goods a deliver them to the shelves. Except for the turkey truck. There are a different set of rules for the turkey truck. When it arrives, the doc manager calls the store manager, who then grabs all the employees to help. They are on a mission. They are in search of the largest turkey on the truck. Once located, it’s carefully transported to the freezer in the manager’s office. Then one of the most important phone calls made each year happens. The store manager calls my mom and utters those exciting words – “Betty, the turkey is here, and it’s the biggest one yet”.
I love that tradition. It signifies just how big of an event Thanksgiving is in my family. And it always reminds me just how lucky I am to have such great stories to tell. And each year when we sit at the table and enjoy the feast, we all talk about how thankful we are. Not for what we have, but for the experiences, relationships, and stories we write and tell. For most of my adult life I have taken the time to write down some of the things I am thankful for each year. In fact, reading my previous years messages has become one of the things I like most about this Thanksgiving week. This year, I am thankful for…..
Nice People. We need more nice people in the world….or more people to simply be nicer.
The time I spend thinking about the important things, instead of the trivial “noise” that bombards us every day.
Innovators and Thinkers – I believe that we all want tomorrow to be better than today. We should thank and support the creative thinkers and entrepreneurs who fail a ton just so they can succeed that one time, and we all benefit from their creation.
The doers. Really thankful for the people that just get S%^$ done!
The friends and mentors in my life that inspire me in some way to be a better person.
I am thankful for…
- The people who don’t always agree with me, but who I never question their intent or doubt their motivations.
- The food server who delivers a world class experience and makes me feel special no matter the restaurant or the size of the bill.
The passion of the millennials and the wisdom of our seniors….together we have balance.
- Red Wine, Chips and Salsa, Pizza, and Peanut M&M’s – the four main food groups! (Only one way to eat the M&M’s!)
We should all be thankful for…
- The lasting impact of Guitar Hero!
- “Smart” TV’s. Not sure how we ever survived with “stupid” ones. 🙂
- For the feeling I get working in my yard. We should all put on a set of work gloves at least once a month and work with mother earth.
- I am thankful that both my sons had their first work experiences in the service industry. Some lessons in life should be experienced, not taught.
- I am thankful for the local school administrators and teachers, the police, fire and first responders, the city and local employees who spend their work day making my community better.
I am thankful for…
- The call my wife and I get EVERY Sunday night from our oldest son who is away at college.
- That my 15 year old daughter still likes hanging out with me. I know this will change, so for now, I will take every minute I can get. (And I will keep writing this until that time)
- The compassion my younger son shows for others. He has the biggest heart around.
- “Hallmarking” with my wife and daughter. That’s right, I turned it into an action word. And thanks to the power of Facebook, I found a way to turn it into a drinking game too!!!
- For all 25 years my wife and I have been together. Best person I know.
- Friends that show up when called on, no questions asked. Life is better when you have people that have your back.
I am thankful that…
- I text, email, call, talk too…my dad basically every day.
- My parents are setting the example, that after almost 50 years of marriage, family always MATTERS!
- I am thankful for the rain, for the bright sun on a cool fall day, the way my driveway looks when the leaves fall, and the taste of the fresh vegetables from my garden. Food always taste better when you grow it yourself.
- I am thankful for all those people who have had a part in my life journey. The impactful teacher, the influential coach, the mentor boss, and the supportive friend. It takes a village. And my village is full of those that have impacted me in positive ways. I can only hope to be a part of other people’s village’s!
- I am thankful for Superglue, Gorilla Glue, Double sided tape and Duct tape. Things break…sometimes you just need to adhere them back together and press on.
- I am thankful for Motrin….see above!
- And I am thankful for all those serving and working this week. May we all find the time to rest and spend time with our loved ones.
If you don’t take the time each year to memorialize what you are thankful for, I recommend this year you start. Capture things, items, people or just feelings. But write them down, share them and save them. Holliday’s mean different this for each of us. But we should all agree that they are the perfect time to remind each of us of what’s important, what brings us joy, and how we bring joy to others.
To all those that bring joy and happiness to us, I say THANKS!…and Happy Thanksgiving.
I’ve been reading these for 10 years and this one is just as good as the first one. A simple but powerful message that we all have things to be thankful for! And, sometimes when we get good at recognizing this, we actually get more to be thankful for.
Be safe and be thankful. Have a great week! Finish your automotive job search with Pinnacle!
Taught me everything I know about how to properly eat M&M’s!