If the onslaught of commercials and in-store displays weren’t indication enough, the holiday season is officially upon us. While parades, over-eating and football have become Thanksgiving mainstays, sometimes the most important parts of the holiday are the things we too often take for granted.
We recently asked our team here at InterCall to share what they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving and one trend was abundantly clear: family and health are the most cherished parts of the holiday. In fact, no one even mentioned football or the movie marathons—although a few are excited for Thanksgiving parades (and, of course, stuffing.)
Our colleagues mentioned family more than any other factor in describing what they are most thankful for in 2014. One respondent explained he is thankful for his “ever growing one and-a-half year old son and superhero wife!” From spouses and children/grandchildren to nephews, in-laws and even pets, InterCall employees are appreciative of both their immediate and extended families.
Health and well-being was another recurring theme among employee responses. Several InterCall staff members mentioned overcoming health-related hardships, while others discussed the benefit of emotional support from family, friends and coworkers. One colleague told us she was grateful for overcoming family health issues and the chance to enjoy the holiday season all together. Other wellness milestones we’re celebrating include family members who have beaten cancer, healthy newborns and positive outlooks for the year ahead.
On a lighter note, at least a few employees mentioned that they were most grateful for simply having the day off to relax. However, the recent nationwide blast of cold weather seems to have an impact on the list of things to appreciate. As one employee told us, “At this very moment it is negative five degrees outside. I’ve never been more thankful to conduct my workday at home and with great conferencing abilities.” Another mentioned being thankful for indoor heating and wondered, “How did our forefathers survive Chicago winters?”
We were also glad to hear that many employees are grateful for each other and the work environment they create. Several cited their jobs and coworkers as important parts of their Thanksgiving reflection. One employee’s response captured all of the above, stating that she was thankful for “new colleagues that became friends, the birth of my first child and the fact that my whole family is healthy.”
Sometimes the most meaningful part of Thanksgiving is the opportunity to reflect. Setting New Year’s resolutions may still be weeks away, but Thanksgiving is often a time to contemplate the past year’s challenges and celebrate its successes. One colleague captured this succinctly, telling us that he was grateful for the opportunity “to explore life in a sense of wonder.”
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Feel free to share in the comments below and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!