I’d like to take an opportunity to wish you and your families a safe, happy and prosperous Thanksgiving. I know many of us are already caught up in the hustle of the holiday season, but I believe it is important for us to pause and take a minute to reflect on what this holiday is really about – giving thanks. In fact, Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that crosses race, religion, culture – it’s simply a day for all of us as Americans to come together and give thanks for our blessings. And perhaps it’s the one day of the year that stands to remind us what’s really important – and what truly matters most.
This time last year so many businesses were preparing to open on Thanksgiving Day, but here we are today just one year later, and the opposite is true. More and more businesses are remaining closed to allow their employees to spend time with family. Could it be that as a country we are starting to put the emphasis back on what’s truly important? I’d like to think so.
But why is it that so many of us wait until this one day to count our blessings – shouldn’t we be showing gratitude all year long? This year, I challenge you to take the way you feel on Thanksgiving Day and carry that feeling throughout the remainder of 2016 and into 2017. I challenge you to live a life of gratitude. Every day brings an opportunity for us to be grateful. Even on our worst day, I guarantee each of us has something to be grateful for. If you’re reading this, give thanks for your eyesight. If you’re stressed about preparing the perfect holiday meal, give thanks you have food to put on the table. If you can’t be with your loved ones this holiday, give thanks that you have loved ones to miss. Every blessing matters; every blessing should be counted. You have two choices in life: You can take things for granted or you can take them with gratitude. I choose to be gracious today and throughout the year – and I hope you will do the same. I’ll leave you with this: Worry is an action. And gratitude is an action. Both are optional. You determine which to focus on, and ultimately, what you focus on will expand and grow.
I look forward to seeing you all in Phoenix next week for our final event of the year, and what promises to be a memorable end to another memorable year at ACN. And as you focus on making the final month of this year one of your best yet, remember, ACN can be the vehicle that puts your life back into perspective – allowing you to focus on what truly matters most.
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!