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"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth"...

“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week is Thanksgiving and we all know what that means. It’s not the excuse to gorge ourselves on turkey, dressing and vegetables. Not to mention the pies, cakes and cookies. It’s not the time we plant ourselves in front of the TV for four straight days to watch every football game on the airwaves. It’s not the four or five days vacation we get from work. It’s that time of year someone will ask us what we are thankful for.

It started at church on Sunday. We went around the sunday school class and told what we were thankful for. I fully expect my Mother to ask us what we are thankful for when we gather at Seagrove Beach in a few days.

In honor of this tradition I thought I would let you know what I am thankful for.

Let’s start with the most important. I am thankful for my family. Those close and those far away. I am thankful for a loving wife and two fantastic kids. I hit the jackpot on that one.

I am thankful for my parents who set me on this great path in life. I am thankful for my brother who as much as we might think we are different are the same in so many ways.

I am thankful for my sisters- and brother-in-laws. I’m thankful for their kids, my nieces and nephews who I love being around and watching them grow up.

I am thankful for my extended family. My in-laws, my many cousins who live across this country. And to all those new family members I keep meeting on Ancestry.com.

I am thankful for all the friends I have. Friends that I might see as much as I did in the past. Kids do take up a lot of time after all. But I know if I need them they will be here in an instant.

I am thankful that I live in a country that we can bitch and moan about election results and there be silly talk about secession. But in the end we all get down to business and be Americans, one for all. I am thankful that if I lived in another country this could have turned out differently.

Since this is a business blog post I want to make sure that I give thanks for my career. I decided I wanted to work for myself back in 1990 and have done so ever since. I am thankful for that opportunity.

I am thankful for all my clients past and present. I have enjoyed working with each and every one of them.

I am thankful for having two business partners in the past. Vic Wheeler was my partner at Atticus Communications and Keith Johns was my partner at Resolutions LLC. I can count both of them as good friends of mine. I am thankful they are doing well.

Finally, I am thankful for the chance to work with clients on their inbound marketing programs. This may sound a little self-serving and it may be. But I am having more fun than I have had in years helping companies grow their business using new ways to market. I am thankful for this opportunity.

There is so much more I am thankful for but it’s time to get to the beach.

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Shawn Wright
Shawn Wright is a graphic designer and podcaster living in Birmingham, Alabama. You can find his design work at shawnwright.net. His podcasts, the Shades Cahaba Oral History Project podcast at shadescahabahistory.com and Alabama Short Stories at alabamashortstories.com. His designs are for sale at TeePublic.com and Redbubble.com.
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