Incredibly the holiday season is launching, and we haven’t even seen a snowflake in Chicago (yet). My mind is boggled by the overlap of crazy news in the world and on the economy, and the incessant messaging about what we need to buy this year.
Quite honestly, it is a good thing that the season starts with Thanksgiving because – at least for me – that is really the most important thing to celebrate. I am thankful that we have come through another year with our company intact and good things on the horizon. I am grateful for co-workers and staff who have stuck with us through the worst of the recession and are helping give shape to the future. I am very glad for loved ones who have learned to do more with less and care for each other more thoughtfully. I am often overwhelmed with the realization that so many men and women are serving our country on our behalf around the world, separated from their families by choice. I am glad to have the wisdom of those who are gone now and the presence of mind to remember their humor when times get tough.
I don’t really care if I get a Kindle Fire or a pair of slippers or a warm hug. They all mean the same thing. Please accept my best wishes to you all for holidays filled with stories and laughter and the warmth that comes from being with other people right here at home.