Today, Thanksgiving Day, we are all occupied with thoughts of things we are thankful for in our lives. This perfectly normal and, honestly, what we should all be thinking of.
But I want to take a few minutes to remind you, perhaps, of a few things you should be thankful for that you may have missed in your thoughts…
First, remember to offer thanks to a large group of people I’ll just call “First Responders” since most of you will instinctively understand. This group includes, but by no means is limited to: Police, Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, and others. A few more members of this group that you may not think of are: Power Company Employees, Telephone Company Employees, and Highway Workers. The thing all of these people have in common is that they are always there when we need them. They don’t think about the holidays with their friends and family that they miss. In many cases, they don’t even think about the personal dangers they face nearly every day. They think only of the help and services that we, the people they have dedicated their lives to helping and serving, need at any given time. If you encounter any of the members of this group, walk up to them, shake their hand, and tell them how thankful you are that they are there, on the job taking care of us.
Next is another group that most of you will be able to identify with little prompting: Medical Professionals. Doctors and Nurses come to mind first, but don’t forget all of the various technicians and therapists who also care for you when you need them. A few of these members (and again, this is not an all-inclusive list) are: Imaging Techs, Lab Techs, Physical and Occupational Therapists, and more…even the hospital food service, housekeeping, and maintenance staff. Like the First Responders, the Medical Professionals know nothing of holidays with the family. They are there when you need them. They need your thanks.
Now, only to keep this post short, I’ll end with one final group: Retail Workers. You know the ones…the people who work at WalMart, Target, etc. who are at work today (yes…WalMart is open today) in order for you to go shopping. Maybe you forgot to get Cool Whip for the pumpkin pie you baked. No problem! Just drive down to WalMart and pick some up. Just about all retailers are closed only one day a year (Christmas) and many are considering opening for that one extra day. The workers (from the floor sales people up to the store managers) also know nothing of holidays. They are there at work to help us get the things we want instead of being home with their families. You need to tell them how much you appreciate them taking care of you when you go shopping.
As you read through the above, you no doubt thought of many more we should all be thankful for. It is these people who make our lives possible.
Lastly, as you sit around the Thanksgiving feast and offer thanks for your friends and family, take a moment to remember and thank those who make the day a safe, healthy, and complete holiday.