Posted by Susan Beck, Project Coordinator at Glenmont Group
With Thanksgiving come up tomorrow, I can’t help but think of family and festive meals. Especially this morning, when I woke up at 4am worrying about when I will have the time to make all the things I need to for my share of the feast. And then, around 4:30, all the worry melted away when I thought about my family sitting around the decorated table talking about our lives and catching up with relatives we haven’t seen in a while…maybe even since the last Thanksgiving. Of course that led to another train of thought about other families and the conversations they all have – updates on children and their accomplishments, telling bad jokes, talking about mutual friends and family not present. Holidays are generally a time when people get together to share joy and laughter.
I was reminded of a friend’s family who has a tradition of sitting around the table and, before they eat, they all say something they are thankful for. Being that I will be with my own family for the holiday this year, I won’t be participating in this happy, yet sometimes embarrassing/on-the-spot tradition. It doesn’t stop me from considering what is most important in my life. Every time I reflect on my “Thanksgiving List”, I always come back to the same thing: my health, the health of my family and friends and the fact that I wake up every day, come into the Glenmont Group office and help people find the next step to better their personal careers. Sometimes I think a part of it is the fact that I can’t separate work from life. Growing up, I realized that my father was a bit of a workaholic. His passion for his work and his drive really made an impression on me. But then I realize that it is something different. Helping others is something I take great pride in. For me, it’s about hearing the happiness in a candidate’s voice when they accept an offer. It’s knowing I helped to make a difference in another person’s career-life. Cheesy, I know. But I’m a sucker for cheesiness.
When you sit down at your Thanksgiving table this year, what will you be thankful for?