• Krista Schaber-Chan

What Are You Thankful For?

It seems that in today’s day and age, there are so many problems, so many things that can cause people to be distracted, in a rut, and even depressed. Our lives, while a lot easier in many respects than maybe 100 or even 1000 years ago, are not carefree. Easy is relative. Sure, we don’t have to worry about wild animals attacking and eating us while we sleep and most of us have clean water to drink, modern comforts that we take for granted such as electricity and heat or air-conditioning, rapid modes of transportation and mini-computers that we carry around in our pockets, yet somehow our lives are complicated and stressful.

A person can really work themselves into a state of anxiety and depression if not careful. I believe everything we do should be done with intention this includes reminding ourselves about what is good or great in our lives – what makes our lives safe, secure, special or even easier – essentially, what are we thankful for. As I was thinking about all the things I give thanks for, I also asked my friends and colleagues to share what they are thankful for. Below are some of those conversations.

One person, while I know she is thankful for many things, said she is thankful for friends and workmates wrapped up into one simple package. This is definitely something to be thankful for. We all spend a lot of time at work. For many of us it’s between 32 hours per week on the low-end and can be 70+ hours on the higher end depending on what we do, so being able to have good friendly relationships with the people whom you spend such a significant amount of time with is a blessing. As another person stated, he is grateful for the diverse and wonderful people that make up his extended and chosen family. That is a very interesting way to phrase it – extended and chosen family – perhaps part of what we are thankful for is being able to choose where we work and what we do, because so many do not have that luxury.

Another person said she is thankful for so many things, that she is generally a thankful person, but specifically she is thankful for strong professional relationships with clients who ask great questions and truly want recommendations, and then trust the answer or advice. Amen to that. It is a great source of gratitude when our clients let us help them through their journeys and embrace where and when we can help. She also echoed the statements around friends and workmates but took it further by saying she is thankful for having a team of colleagues that she can trust implicitly and laugh with incessantly while all driving toward common goals for success.

We have a few newer members of our Harbinger family who also added their thoughts on what they are thankful for. One person told me she too is thankful for a lot of things but shared these gems: