It’s hard to believe that we are in the month of November. In a mere matter of weeks, we will be sitting around the table with family and friends to celebrate a day dedicated to giving thanks. Granted, it will be hard for many to find reasons for gratitude. If you have lost someone to COVID-19, the loss is painful and fresh. Raw. Even if you haven’t lost someone close to you from the hideous virus that is COVID, you have lost something — loss of a job or business, loss of freedom, loss of dreams.
So, how do we express thanks without sounding as if we are dismissing the pain and struggle of this year? Perhaps that is the wrong question. It’s not “how?” as much as it is “why?” We give thanks because we have reasons to be grateful. We are grateful for our first responders, medical workers, volunteers, and for all those who are protecting our families, neighbors, and communities. We are thankful for our company and for the resources and technology that have allowed us to continue to connect and to serve our clients and communities. We are grateful for new ways of conducting business. Innovative ways. Successful ways.
And, we are thankful for silver linings — silver linings like time to reflect, re-think, rebuild, and recalibrate. Time to redefine priorities and time to focus on them. Yes, we are grateful for the silver linings that provide hope and encouragement in a very difficult situation.
Most importantly, we are grateful for the reminder that life is precious, loved ones are priceless, and that some things once deemed “all-important” aren’t very important at all. We give thanks for our families and friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, and for you — our clients and customers. Thank you for allowing us to continue to serve you. We are grateful!