Thanksgiving is the time of the year we travel to join our families and extended families. This year I spent it with my sister on her farm in northern Ohio. My room was on the eastern side so the morning sun woke me up. The view was a panoramic hue of yellow and orange just over the horizon blending into a blue bird sky. I got up, brewed a cup of coffee and went out onto the back porch.
Being a city dweller, the silence was awesome and put me into a pensive mood. My thoughts began to center around the meaning of Thanksgiving. Foremost I was thankful for safely making the trip. I saw the aftermath of an accident that certainly sent the occupants the hospital. I felt for them and their families and thankful that I could be with mine in celebration.
Then I thought of all those out of work and thankful that I had a job, and a good one at that. I am thankful that our owner/founder took the risks and endured the sacrifices to start the company EXAIR and captain it to the success it has been. It is humbling to reap the bounty of the harvest and not having had to endure hardships of starting a new company.
I am thankful I live in a country whose greatness is built on entrepreneurship and hard work. It bothers me when I hear activists disparage our businesses. I can only say ” Don’t complain with your mouth full and don’t bite the hand that feeds you!” Unless you want to go back to being hunter gatherers, my quality of life and yours hinges on the success of our businesses.
So what were you thankful for this year?