I’m a big believer in enjoying each season of the year in its own time. That’s why you won’t see me joining the bizarre ritual of those that put up their Christmas decorations before the Halloween jack o’ lanterns have sputtered their last flickering flame.Happy Thanksgiving - 1

Let’s not forget that magical holiday wedged between Halloween and Christmas – Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving and all its trappings. Families together, great food, parades and football. I also enjoy taking time out of what usually is a hectic schedule to give thanks for the many blessings of life. It’s refreshing, rejuvenating and serves the valuable function of focusing my thoughts on the good in life rather than the struggles.

This approach is also valuable in our work environments. At your bank or credit union, do you ever stop to reflect and give thanks for the blessings of your work? I know, it sounds a little corny and might be tough when emails, voicemails, meetings, travel and budgets chew up so much of your time. Pausing to remember the good things about work, instead of grumbling over the bad, helps put it all in better perspective.

Here are a few thankful thoughts to help you get started.

  • Thankful to simply have a job. In this day and this economy, with so much doubt, fear and worry simply having a job that allows one to provide for themselves and their families is a blessing.
  • Thankful for co-workers. Yes, this even applies to the ones that drive us nuts. They’re right there with us, slaving away, with just as many worries and problems. They also provide help and camaraderie when we need it most.
  • Thankful for growth. We grow as we work. We learn, mature, expand horizons and push personal boundaries. Without our work environments, many of us would go couch-side and overdose on Dr Pepper, Funyuns and soap operas. Work helps us become better, smarter people.

That’s a very short list of things you might be thankful for at work. I’m sure you have others to add. In the long-run, while doing daily work grind can wear us down, it serves countless valuable purposes and that’s something for which to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!