The Thanksgiving Holiday, 2015

In a few short days, it will be Thanksgiving Day and then the holiday shopping frenzy will be upon us.

This is the time of year when many businesses are slowing down, wrapping things up and preparing for the next calendar year.

However, some companies remain busy, including those in retail, working hard to close every possible sale, collect every dollar and end the year on a high note.

Whatever your thinking is about the last few weeks of the year, take a step back, take a deep breath and be thankful for what you have and do.

There is much to be grateful for, although it may not seem readily apparent.

People in business have a bad habit of taking things for granted. Perhaps we have come so far so fast with our entitlement attitude that we have forgotten just how much we truly have.

If you are working somewhere, simply be grateful for…

… Our spouses, significant others and family members who understand the demands of being employed. Having a job might mean arriving early in the morning, staying late, enduring a long commute, or having to work at all hours of the night and day as well as weekends and holidays. Work can be physically and mentally demanding; it might require out of town travel and perhaps long trips that might mean missing important family events.

… Your employer who meets payroll obligations on a regular basis. If you work for a company that provides you a paycheck, whether you work part time or full time, whether you are paid by commission, hourly or salaried, give thanks to that organization for paying you the money that puts a roof over your head, food in your refrigerator and makes sure the lights stay on so you can watch television at night when you come home.

… Our employer who pays withholding taxes along with Medicare and Social Security contributions. Be thankful that your company hands you a check or makes that direct deposit on your behalf.

… The bank where your paycheck is drawn upon. They have been a good vendor to the company that pays employs you.

… Clients and customers. Most companies have a client or customer or two that aren’t very nice to deal with. However, those folks pay their bills and those payments keep the company running.

Having a job means you have a place to go to work. It means that the lights, heat, air conditioning, computers, coffee maker, refrigerator and microwaves work. It means that you have office supplies and tools to help you do your work. It means a clean restroom to use and a place to eat lunch.

The company also pays suppliers for goods and services. Everyone needs to recognize the value of how business partners have worked with your employer on deliveries, billing and other special needs. Something as simple as a pen that you write with that came from the office supplies cabinet can be traced back to the efforts of many people. For those efforts, we should all be grateful.

Everyone should thank the others that are on their “team.” Yes, there are some people who are not pleasant to deal with and there are others who probably aren’t as productive as they could be, but by and large, those that we work with share common goals and we should be grateful we are able to work side by side each day with them.

If you don’t want to be thankful for having others to work with, consider those that are out of work. Being out of work not only means not having a team to work with, but no paycheck to pay bills. The great uncertainty of having no idea as to when you will be earning a paycheck again is something no one ever wants to go through.

No employer is perfect; everyone has something we would like to see changed where we work.

But this Thanksgiving week, we should all be grateful for what we have. An attitude of gratitude is a great thing to have and to share.