As I prepared my thoughts for today’s column, I reviewed columns from Novembers past. There was one continual theme- gratitude. Obviously, Thanksgiving brings to mind the need to be grateful for what one has. More than that, gratitude is integral to me. I make every effort to show appreciation for my team, both in public messages and private notes. Without strong team members, PeKu wouldn’t be the business that it has become.
I try to extend this feeling of gratitude to all parts of my life. When I receive excellent service at a store, I make sure the manager is aware of the great team member. Too often these managers only hear complaints. At home I express my gratitude for things both little and big. Whether it is clearing the table or rearranging your schedule to match mine, I let my family know that I am thankful for their assistance.
When a day is stressful and overwhelming, it can be easy to see only the dark clouds and frustration. I know that feeling of “Ugh!” quite well. But when I’ve taken a moment to catch my breath and think for just a moment, it is pretty clear that things aren’t as bad as they seem. And then, in that moment of calm, it is important to be thankful for all that I have.
So, during this week of Thanksgiving, I give thanks to you, PeKu readers, and hope you are able to take time to give thanks also.